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Swedish Folk Tales

Translated by Holger Lundburgh Illustrated by John Bauer

240 pp.  
8 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Illustrations: Color

Floris Books


Published:  July 2004


Have you ever been in a large forest and seen a strange black tarn hidden deep among the tall trees? It looks bewitched and a little frightening. All is still—fir trees and pines huddle close and silent on all sides. Sometimes the trees bend cautiously and shyly over the water as if they are wondering what may be hidden in the dark depths. There is another forest growing in the water, and it, too, is full of wonder and stillness. Strangest of all, never have the two forests been able to speak to each other.

By the edge of the pool and out in the water are soft tussocks covered with brown bear moss and wooly white cottongrass. All is so quiet—not a sound, not a flutter of life, not a trembling breath—all of nature seems to be holding its breath listening, listening with beating heart: soon, soon.

John Bauer’s original and evocative illustrations bring these classic Swedish folk tales to life. Those who love Swedish tales won’t want to miss this beautifully illustrated book of timeless stories. This is a great gift for anyone at any time of the year!

IMAGE: From the story “Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass,” by Helge Kjellin.

This dazzling collection of twenty-nine illustrated stories includes:

  • “When Mother Troll Took in the King’s Washing” by Elsa Beskow
  • “The Magician’s Cape” by Anna Wahlenberg
  • “Leap the Elk and the Little Princess Cottongrass” by Helge Kjellin
  • “The Four Big Trolls and Little Peter Pastureman” by Cyrus Granér
  • “The Trolls and the Youngest Tomte” by Alfred Smedberg
  • “The Ring” by Helena Nyblom
  • “The Seven Wishes” by Alfred Smedberg
  • “Stalo and Kauras” by P. A. Lindholm
  • “The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds” by Harald Ostenson
  • “The Boy and the Trolls, or the Adventure” by Walter Stenström
  • “The Crofters and the Gnomes” by Anna Wahlenberg
  • “The Golden Key” by W. E. Björk
  • “The Giant Who Slept for Ten Thousand Years” by Einar Rosenborg
  • ... and many more!

Click on these links to view more of John Bauer’s exquisite illustrations.

Leap Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass
The Four Big Trolls and Little Peter Pastureman
The Golden Key

(Ages 7 – . . . )

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