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Swedish Folk Tales

by John Bauer Floris Books
Pub Date:
08/2004
ISBN:
9780863154577
Format:
Hbk 240 pages
Price:
AU$37.99 NZ$39.99
Product Status: Out of Print - This title is no longer available
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Key Points · A collection of classic Swedish folk tales from authors including Elsa Beskow, Anna Wahlenberg, P. A. Lindholm and Helena Nyblom · Each story is brought dramatically to life by John Bauer's stunning, evocative illustrations · Includes over 25 stories John Bauer's original, evocative illustrations bring these classic Swedish folk tales to life. This collection comprises over twenty stories, including Elsa Beskow's When Mother Troll Took in the King's Washing: The Magician's Cape by Anna Wahlenberg: The Seven Wishes by Alfred Smedberg: The Ring by Helena Nyblom: Stalo and Kauras by P. A. Lindholm: and The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds by Harald Ostenson. John Bauer, born in 1882, is a highly acclaimed Swedish artist. Influenced by Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson, and by the fantasy work of Arnold Bocklin, he started illustrating fairy stories whilst still a student at the Swedish Royal Academy. His best-known illustrations were for an annual Christmas book for children, Bland Tomtar och Troll (Among Elves and Trolls), which delighted readers with their gentle humour and delicate detail. Bauer died at the age of 35 when he, his wife and their three-year old son were drowned when their ferry sank in Lake Vättern. For ages 7-10 years

When Mother Troll Took in the King's Washing by Elsa BeskowThe Magician's Cape by Anna WahlenbergThe Barrel Bung by Anna WahlenbergThe Seven Wishes by Alfred SmedbergLeap the Elk and the Little Princess Cottongrass by Helge KjellinThe King's Choice by Anna WahlenbergThe Four Big Trolls and Little Peter Pastureman by Cyrus GranerThe Troll Ride by Anna WahlenbergThe Trolls and the Youngest Tomte by Alfred SmedbergThe Ring by Helena NyblomThe Old Troll of Big Mountain by Anna WahlenbergThe Elf King's Ball by Anna WahlenbergThe Boy Who Was Never Afraid by Alfred SmedbergThe Magpie with Salt on Her Tale by Anna WahlenbergThe Changelings by Helena NyblomStalo and Kauras by P. A. LindholmThe Field of Jewels of Anna WahlenbergDag and Daga, and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain by Harald OstensonLinda-Gold and the Old King by Anna WahlenbergThe Queen's Pearl Necklace by Anna WahlenbergThe Crofters and the Gnomes by Anna WahlenbergThe Prince Without a Shadow by Jeanna OterdahlThe Boy and the Trolls, or The Adventure by Walter StenstromThe Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds by Harald OstensonAgneta and the Sea King by Helena NyblomThe Golden Key by W. E. BjorkBella's Glorious Adventure by Helena NyblomThe Giant Who Slept for Ten Thousand Years by Einar RosenborgThe Queen by Anna Wahlenberg

'Tales of trolls and kings, princesses, magicians and giants are illustrated by the acclaimed Swedish artist, John Bauer. His stylised images seem to suggest the universal ... they are extremely evocative. His use of muted tones means his rare flashes of colour -- bluebells, or a golden-haired princess -- seem to illuminate his dark forest scenes with a magical glow. His big-nosed, good-natured trolls are also a delight (fans of Brian Fround's Dark Crystal will adore them). Adults will enjoy these pictures just as much as children.'-- Dawn Casey, Armadillo, Autumn 2004'When John Bauer was tragically drowned at the age of only 36, he had already become Sweden's best-known illustrator of children's books. This handsome volume shows why. These stories are remarkably contemporary in their continuing appeal and their attractions were cleverly identified and enhanced by Bauer.'-- Mary Medlicott, School Librarian, Spring 2005'This is real storytelling. The stories represent a hitherto-neglected tradition of fairy tale, in bright readable English, which the added bonus of Bauer's pictures for those who respond to the strength of his compositions and the humour of his line.'-- Books for Keeps, March 2005'John Bauer is one of the world's greatest illustrators of fairy tales. His precise and beautiful work has been compared with that of Durer and Holbein. This book will appeal equally to both children and adults.'-- Folk and Fairy Tales: A Book Guide, Booktrust, Winter 2004'A delightful anthology brimming with trolls, giants, villains and heroines. The stories, which are full of humour, are stunningly illustrated. A book to treasure.'-- Juno: A Natural Approach to Family Life, Autumn 2004'This superb collection of traditional fairy tales from Sweden is fantastic value, and you'll treasure the book for the illustrations alone.My kids can't get enough of it -- and it's very popular with mum and dad, too. It contains over fifty folk tales of varying length, and the breathtaking pictures are by John Bauer, a high acclaimed artist whose style is reminiscent of Carl Larsson.'If it's possible, the quality of the stories even outdoes the pictures. Like most folk tales, they work on a number of levels: they are funny and exciting, full of adventure and magic, with clever and resourceful children outwitting cruel, ugly trolls. Having read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, my son considers himself an authority on the ways of trolls, and the current popularity of Tolkien helps make these stories very accessible.'On a deeper level, the stories deal with psychological dilemmas and conundrums faced by humans since the beginning of time. I'll personally never forget the king who wouldnt allow any other human within two arms lengths of him, because he believed them all to have vicious claws; until a tiny girl overcomes his fear by insisting on caressing him.'Swedish Folk Tales would be a fantastic gift for any family. Because they are from Sweden, the stories have the added benefit of being completely new to most British parents -- and to children old enough to read the tales for themselves.'-- Jo Rogers, Families Magazine (www.familiesonline.co.uk)'These stories are entertaining, well told and have been translated into readable English. The illustrations are excellent, highly imaginative and reminiscent in style to the owrk of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulak. Children between 7 and 11 will enjoy these stories.'-- Peter Heathfield, New View, Spring 2005'Bauer's characteristic world of lakes, mountains, caves and trees is dark and shadowy, but often broken by bright beams of light. Sometimes the light shines forth from a particular person -- a long-haired princess or a tiny innocent child. Sometimes it radiates from a flying horse or the moon in the sky. But never far away are the trolls, knobbly, clumsy-looking creatures with beady eyes and great fat noses. They are like embodiments of the land itself, knobbly and knotty and gnarled.'-- Mary Medlicott, School Librarian, Spring 2005
John Bauer, born in 1882, is a highly acclaimed Swedish artist. Influenced by Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson, and by the fantasy work of Arnold Bocklin, he started illustrating fairy stories whilst still a student at the Swedish Royal Academy. His best-known illustrations were for an annual Christmas book for children, Bland Tomtar och Troll (Among Elves and Trolls), which delighted readers with their gentle humour and delicate detail. Bauer died at the age of just 35 when he, his wife and their three-year-old son were drowned when a ferry they were taking to Jonkoping sank in Lake V and auml;ttern.