The woodland gnomes are excited to visit their cousins the mountain gnomes. Their journey takes them through the cold forest and over snowy hills, with the help of a sledge pulled by squirrels. When they finally arrive at their cousins’ icy home there’s fun to be had—snowball fights, tobogganing and a delicious feast with the elegant Winter Queen.
Available in English for the first time, this classic and enchanting winter tale is beautifully illustrated by renowned German artist Ernst Kreidolf in a style reminiscent of Sybille von Olfers.
(Ages 4–7 years)
“This attractive book is translated from a classic, wintry, German tale. Full of fun and mischief.... The gentle text and enchanting illustrations combine to make this both a perfect book to share and an ideal read for the child who wants to settle in a corner with a captivating story.” —Carousel
“A fantastic snowy tale of the woodland gnomes who visit their mountain cousins and meet the Winter Queen.” —Juno
“The illustrations in wintry muted hues complement the story and add to the fun.... This would be a good choice for a winter story time.” —Youth Services Book Review
“(A)n unusual and delightful adventure.... You will immediately be enchanted by the three endearing little bearded fellows with cone-shaped hats.... You will surely admire each drawing by the renowned Swiss painter, author, and illustrator Ernst Kreidolf.” —Vermont Country Sampler
“A beautiful winter treat, The Gnomes' Winter Journey is a traditional tale that feels a little bit like it might be something straight out of Narnia.... The illustrations are deft and magical, and the story feels like a timeless classic that parents will enjoy reading, too.” —School Library Association—ƒƒƒ
Konrad Ernst Theophil Kreidolf (1863-1956) was born in Berne Switzerland, the second eldest child of the Kreidolf family. In 1879, he began an apprenticeship as a lithographer in Constance, where he also took drawing lessons. The sale of his lithography Taegerwilen helped finance his artistic education at the Munich School of Arts and Crafts. Ultimately, he became best known for illustrating children's books about flower fairies and other little folk. In 1922, Kreidolf became a member of the Berne Art Society and of the committee for new acquisitions for the Kunstmuseum in Berne. The following year, a large solo exhibition was shown at the Kunsthaus Zurich, and in 1933 he showed an extensive retrospective at the Kunsthalle Berne.