Mother Earth and Her Children

Mother Earth and Her Children : A Quilted Fairy Tale

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As Spring approaches, Mother Earth wakes her sleepy children, deep below the earth, the children yawn and stretch. Soon their hands are busy, stitching new clothes in bright spring colours. The dust of the bumblebees, scrub the beetles and paint splendid new coats on the ladybirds. The children jubilantly emerge from the earth where they become the flowers of Spring. In rhyming verse and vibrant illustrations, this entrancing story touches on such themes as the rejuvenation and passing of the seasons, helping children understand the circle of life.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 231.14 x 254 x 12.7mm | 408.23g
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • full colour illustrations
  • 1933308184
  • 9781933308180
  • 27,229

About Sibylle von Olfers

Sibylle von Olfers is the author of the original German folk tale, Etwas von den Wurzelkindem, which sold 800,000 copies in 1906 and exactly a century later Sieglinde Schoen Smith's quilted interpretation, Mother Earth & Her Children won the top prize at America's most prestigious quilt show. Jack Zipes, an acknowledged expert on folklore, has translated the text.
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Rating details

381 ratings
4.19 out of 5 stars
5 51% (194)
4 26% (100)
3 16% (62)
2 4% (17)
1 2% (8)

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i boought this book for my mother in law, as she loves to quilt, and researching this book and reading that the illustrations are from aquilt a lady had made added to the joy of the book.... it's an old german story brought back to life through the quilt which are used as the illustrations....for those who love to quilt they will admire the work and detail that went into making the quilt, and the chilren love the story being read, it's very much a hand me down book, a joy for grandmother's to pass down, a nice little addition to the bookshelf if more
by sonia cole
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