Sibylle von Olfers

» The Tale of the Root Children /
Etwas von den Wurzelkindern«

Translated into English
by Walter and Nadine Sauer

(English and German)

32 pages, hardcover

ISBN 978-3-946190-14-1

€ 14,90

Sibylle von Olfers’ children’s book Etwas von den Wurzelkindern (1906) is one of the best known German picture books. Its lasting popularity as a children’s classic in Germany can easily be compared with that of Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes, Alice in Wonderland or Peter Rabbit in English speaking countries.

Unfortunately, it has never been adequately rendered into English verse. We are pleased to publish this translation along with the German original on the 100th anniversary of the author-illustrator’s death and in the 110th year of its first publication.

Wake up, wake up, my children dear
For springtime is now almost here.”
The little root folk everywhere
Get up and stretch and comb their hair.

Wacht auf, wacht auf, ihr Kinderlein,
es wird nun wohl bald Frühling sein!“
Da reckt und streckt die kleine Schar
und fährt sich durch das wirre Haar.