Sweedish Folk and Fairytales

Sweedish Folk and Fairytales

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A new centenary gift edition of the much-loved collection of folk and fairy tales from Sweden, illustrated by acclaimed artist John Bauer. 

From good natured Scandinavian trolls through giants, tomtes, shepherd boys and princesses, the twenty-three classic stories by well-known authors such as Elsa Beskow and Anna Wahlenberg are delightfully told, full of adventure and magic with clever, resourceful children outwitting fairytale villains. 

John Bauer's art—renowned for its detail, character and subtle humor—has never looked more luminous and evocative than in this gorgeously produced edition. Twenty extra pictures have been added along with a wonderful illustrated biography of Bauer, celebrating his work and life one hundred years after his premature death. The book has a foiled cover and ribbon marker, perfect for gifting. 

This treasury will be cherished for generations to come and loved by children, parents and grandparents alike.


Table of Contents

Trolls & Tomtes 
1.When Mother Troll Took in the King’s Washing - Elsa Beskow 
2.The Trolls and the Youngest Tomte - Alfred Smedberg 
3.The Troll Ride - Anna Wahlenberg 
4.The Four Big Trolls and Little Peter Pastureman - Cyrus Granér 
5.The Crofters and the Gnomes - Anna Wahlenberg 
6.The Old Troll of Big Mountain - Anna Wahlenberg 
7.The Changelings - Helena Nyblom 

Brave Girls & Boys 
1.The Boy and the Trolls - Walter Stenström 
2.The Barrel Stopper - Anna Wahlenberg 
3.Bella’s Glorious Adventure - Helena Nyblom 
4.The Magician’s Cape - Anna Wahlenberg 
5.Dag, Daga and the Flying Troll of Sky Mountain - Harald Östenson 
6.The Boy Who Was Never Afraid - Alfred Smedberg 
7.The Golden Key - W.E. Björk 
8.Leap the Elk and Little Princess Cottongrass - Helge Kjellin 

Kings & Queens 
1.The Ring - Helena Nyblom 
2.The King’s Choice - Anna Wahlenberg 
3.The Queen’s Pearl Necklace - Anna Wahlenberg 
4.The Maiden in the Castle of Rosy Clouds - Harald Östenson 
5.Linda-Gold and the Old King - Anna Wahlenberg 
6.The Prince Without a Shadow - Jeanna Oterdahl 
7.The Queen - Anna Wahlenberg 

About the Authors 


“Tales of trolls and kings, princesses, magicians and giants are illustrated by the acclaimed Swedish artist, John Bauer. His stylized images seem to suggest the universal...they are extremely evocative. His use of muted tones means his rare flashes of color—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 

“...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 humor of his line.” &mdashBooks for Keeps

“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 & Fairy Tales: A Book Guide, Booktrust

“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 °