Feb 11

February 11th Birthday Love: Elsa Beskow

Peter in Blueberry Land

Peter in Blueberry Land

Elsa Beskow was a prolific Swedish author and illustrator of children’s books, with over 40 published books written and illustrated by her.

Children of the Forest

Children of the Forest

She was best known for Peter in Blueberry Land; Children of the Forest; The Sun Egg; Tale of the Little Little Old Woman; and Aunt Green, Aunt Brown and Aunt Lavender.

The Sun Egg

The Sun Egg

Here’s a poem and illustration by Elsa Beskow about trees in winter, with my English translation:

trees in winter - Elsa Beskow

Sof du lilla vide ung,
än så är det vinter.
Än så sofva björk och ljung
ros och hyacinter.
Än så är det långt till vår,
innan rönn i blomning står.
Sof du lilla vide,
än så är det vinter.

Sleep you little young willow
so it is still winter.
Sleeping are birch and heather
roses and hyacinths.
It is so far to the spring,
before the rowans bear fruit.
Sleep you little willow,
so it is still winter.

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