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4.9 out of 5 stars
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on 14 February 2009
I have just discovered Elsa Beskow for my 4-year old and can't get enough of her books. The story line is quite simple - Ollie, a little Swedish boy, receives a pair of skis for his birthday and can't wait to try them out. Finally, it snows and he goes out into the woods and meets Jack Frost who makes sure that the snow in the forest is intact and that Mrs Thaw (who tends to appear in the middle of the winter) is not spoiling the beauty of the winter. Jack Frost then invites the boy to meet King Winter at his snow palace. Ollie has fun with the boys and girls of the court skiing, skating and tobogganing. When it's time to go home, a beautiful reindeer takes Ollie back to his family.

It was a long winter that year but finally spring came and Ollie learned about importance of Mrs Thaw's job - she'd been clearing the way for Spring and the new flowers, grass and crops which she brought with her.

If you are looking for a book with an important moral lesson - this is definitely not the one for you. This book is about beauty and importance of different seasons which tastefully blends magic with traditional seasonal delights.

The book is beautifully illustrated and is a true visual delight for adults and children alike. It's got a true nostalgic feel to it and reminded me of the books I had as a child.
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on 4 February 2009
This enchanting little tale of how Ollie spends his sixth birthday with his first pair of proper skis is a delight for all ages. In the glittering white forest of snow and ice, he meets Jack Frost, is taken to see King Winter, and eventually comes to realise what an important job Mrs Thaw has to do, to make the earth ready for Spring. A great story, with lots of lovely pen and ink drawings, with colour and subtle watercolour skies. Well worth the money!
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on 20 January 2010
I bought this book recently for my four year old son. We both really enjoy this story and the illustrations are lovely. A lovely winter read.
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on 28 January 2013
We love Elsa Beskow's books! I like how boys in her books are portrayed not in a "troublemaker" or "only interested in diggers" way, but as active adventurers. Ollie is a 6 year old Swedish boy who is allowed to go out and ski all day, with sandwiches tucked into his pockets for lunch. He meets plenty of mythical characters along the way. We have the full-size version and love the illustrations.
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on 24 January 2016
Bought for small boy who was about to be six. He loved the illustrations and the story.
With regards to Ollie being rude to the old lady, which he most certainly is, he redeems himself by saying sorry later on.
It is a mini edition - but it is easy for small hands to hold because of this, so not necessarily a bad thing.
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on 30 November 2013
I bought this as a present for a little boy (4) who was moving to the Alps with his family. They all loved the book and even the older brother mentioned that he likes it a lot. Very pleased with it.
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on 30 December 2013
I loved the look of this book, just hadn't realised it was a small version. I am sure my grandson wouldn't mind, as long as there is a story before bedtime.
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on 20 February 2015
Delightful story with beautiful illustrations. I would recommend this for any child who loves snow, winter, skiing etc
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on 29 May 2015
Just like I remembered it from when I was little :)
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on 17 July 2015
Lovely little book. Grandson loves reading it
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