Around the Year offers delightful verses and delicate, playful illustrations that take young children through the special joys of each month of the year, from icy February to the green shoots of April, the red poppies of July, September’s apples, and the delights of December.
Now available in both the original large-format and a mini edition, ideal for small hands.
(Ages 3 – 5 years)
“This is a new mini edition of Elsa Beskow's classic picture book. In wonderful rhyming verse, children can journey through the months.... There are also verses for the hours of the day and the days of the week, all of which are beautifully illustrated. Fun to read either together, or as a group.”—Creative Steps magazine, Nov/Dec 2008
Elsa Beskow (1874–1953) was born in Stockholm. Her parents were entrepreneur Bernt Maartman (1841–1889), whose family came from Bergen, Norway, and Augusta Fahlstedt (1850–1915). Beskow studied Art Education at Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, then called Tekniska skolan, or the Technical school, in Stockholm. In 1897, she married former minister and social worker and doctor of theology Natanael Beskow, whom she met while serving as a teacher at Djursholms samskola, where he served as headmaster. They had six sons. Beskow became one of the best known of all Swedish children's book artists. She also illustrated "ABC" books and songbooks for Swedish schools. Her book pages are often framed in a decorative Art Nouveau style. Beskow received international recognition for her simple, cheerful stories and outstanding illustrations.