Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale

Overview

The incredibly intricate and vivid illustrations in this book are details of a modern quilt inspired by Sibylle von Olfers' classic storybook Mother Earth and Her Children. This vibrant new translation, in turn inspired by the quilt, explores the changing of the seasons and delicately touches upon the circle of life. When Mother Earth calls her children to prepare for spring, the earthly children yawn and stretch before they busy themselves with ...

See more details below
Hardcover (Translatio)
$13.93
BN.com price
(Save 22%)$17.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (29) from $1.99   
  • New (15) from $6.90   
  • Used (14) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

The incredibly intricate and vivid illustrations in this book are details of a modern quilt inspired by Sibylle von Olfers' classic storybook Mother Earth and Her Children. This vibrant new translation, in turn inspired by the quilt, explores the changing of the seasons and delicately touches upon the circle of life. When Mother Earth calls her children to prepare for spring, the earthly children yawn and stretch before they busy themselves with beautification. They dust off the bumblebees, scrub the beetles, paint bright new coats on the ladybugs, and rouse the caterpillars from their cocoons. Bedecked with new blossoms, the children emerge from the earth and become spring flowers that frolic through the summer and autumn, until the leaves begin to fall and they return to Mother Earth, bringing the weary bugs and beetles back to their winter refuge.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Sieglinde Schoen Smith, an award-winning quilter, designed and created a quilt based on one of her favorite childhood poems. Photographs of specific scenes from the quilt provide the illustrations for this large size book. Young children living underground are shown awakening as spring approaches. Many children cut and sew colorful clothing which they present to kind Mother Earth for her approval. Some are busy with such chores as painting the backs of lady bugs and other beetles. A group of children and an assortment of insects emerge above ground with fresh blossoms for flowers and trees. When autumn comes, the tots rush home to good Mother Earth. They nestle in roots to sleep until the next year comes. A picture of the quilt as a whole appears near the end of the book and inside the book jacket. Notes about the author, the illustrator and the translator offer insights about the inspiration and development of the book. This book will more likely appeal to adults than to children. The translated text is choppy, lacking the poetic flow which could engage the reader. A child might become involved in searching for details in the illustrations in a one-on-one sharing of the book with an adult. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- This rhyming story has been translated from von Olfers's Etwas von den Wurzelkindern , originally published in Germany in 1906. As spring draws near, Mother Earth awakens her children to help welcome the impending season with "chores" such as sewing bright clothing and painting beetles in glowing hues. When the weather warms, the miniature children emerge from their underground home to celebrate ("Beside the brook/Those earthly tots/Skip among/Forget-me-nots"). When fall arrives, they return to Mother Earth to begin their winter slumber and wait for next year. The text is illustrated with panels of a handmade quilt, which is presented in its entirety at the back of the book, along with notes about the author and illustrator. The colors and workmanship of the quilt are exquisite. It has been photographed to show the minute details of each section, and individual stitches can be seen with great clarity. The graceful characters have delicately embroidered features and the natural setting is depicted with vitality and warmth. The whimsical tone of the artwork matches the simple story quite well. With one-of-a-kind illustrations, this is an eye-catching choice for one-on-one sharing or reading aloud to small groups.-G. Alyssa Parkinson, Highland Township Library, MI

Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933308180
  • Publisher: Breckling Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: Translatio
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 358,279
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sibylle von Olfers is the author of Etwas von den Wurzelkindern and was an art teacher in East Prussia at the turn of the century as well as a member of the Catholic Order of St. Elizabeth. Sieglinde Schoen-Smith is a quilter whose quilted interpretation of Mother Earth and Her Children captured the coveted Best in Show award at the 2006 International Quilt Show in Houston. She lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Jack Zipes is the foremost expert on German folklore in the United States. He is a professor of German literature at the University of Minnesota and has edited, contributed to, and translated more than 50 books, essays, and plays on German folklore, including The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature and The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)