Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Elsa Beskow’s year in drawings

From Julias Vita Drömmar comes these amazing drawings of every month of the year, made by Swedish author and illustrator Elsa Beskow. So pretty in a children’s room!

Elsa Beskow was born in 1874 and died in 1953. Her father was Norwegian (had to mention that) and her mother was Swedish. She married former minister Natanael Beskow and they had six sons.

She published forty books and combined reality with the fairy tale world. Children met elves or goblins, and farm animals talked with people. Central were the relationships between children and adults and children's independent initiative.

Beskow became one of the most well known of all Swedish children's book authors. Many of her books have become classics and are reprinted still. She also illustrated ABC books and songbooks for Swedish schools.

Her books have been translated into many languages, among others; English, German, Arabian, Japanese, Polish and Norwegian.

One of her most known tales are about Aunt Green, Aunt Brown, Aunt Lavender and Uncle Blue. Her inspiration came from her own Aunts and her Uncle. This is the one I remember and read most often, by her.

Others I read were Aunt Brown’s Birthday, Peter and Lotta’s Adventure, Peter in Blueberry Land, Children of the Forest, Pelle’s new Suit and Uncle Blue’s new Boat. I read them again and again!

Have a look at her illustrated year:



Maite - vitoma said...

Original y bello.

LENE said...

Elsa Beskow var min yndlingsforfatter da jeg var barn - det er lenge siden det...
Håper du/dere har det bra og har den samme flotte solskinnsdag som her i Stavern
Masse klemmer