Swedish Folk Tales

Illustrated by John Bauer

Hardbound, large format, richly illustrated with amazing paintings


from “Leap Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass”

This dazzling collection of twenty-nine illustrated stories, retold by some of the greatest Swedish writers, 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 PetHer 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!

John Bauer’s original and evocative illustrations bring these classic Swedish folk tales to life. His art seems to me to be a combination of earthly idealism and a fascintating evocation of spiritual reality (or perhaps “elemental reality”). It is no wonder that he is so beloved in Sweden. This collection, paired with his paintings, makes this a book to treasure for generations.

Because of the complexity of some of the themes, as well as the rather robust encounters of humans and elemental beings, I personally recommend this collection for children ages 9 and older, though some of the stories are appropriate for younger children.

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