JUVENILE FICTION / Fantasy & Magic FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / General
When poor orphan boy Oliver becomes a sorcerer's apprentice, he enters an incredible new world. He learns wonderful magic spells, the secrets of nature, and how to make healing potions and oils from his kindly new master.
But one day the sorcerer goes on a journey. Bored with his endless chores, Oliver enchants some brooms to do the work for him. But when the spell gets out of control, how can Oliver stop the magic?
This classic tale about the importance of hard work was the inspiration for Disney's Fantasia. This beautifully illustrated edition is the creation of renowned artist Gerda Muller, creator of USBBY-honored A Year in Our New Garden.
(Ages 4–7 years)
Praise for Gerda Muller:
“An exquisite work of art with a timeless quality.... This is a must for all libraries and schools.” —Carousel (for A Year Around the Great Oak)
“The beautifully detailed paintings invite close inspection as the seasons change.” —School Library Journal (for A Year in Our New Garden)
“Gerda Muller’s enchanting illustrations, filled with details, will keep little readers engaged.” —San Francisco Book Review
“Exquisite in beauty and detail.” —Youth Services Book Review——
Gerda Muller was born in 1926 in Naarden, the Netherlands. She studied at the Fine Arts School of Amsterdam and École Estienne of Paris. Gerda has illustrated over 120 books for children, many of which have been translated worldwide. Her book A Year in our New Garden appeared on the USBBY Outstanding International Books list. Gerda Muller works across a wide variety of mediums and uses diverse techniques when illustrating. For precise line work, she typically works with black and sepia pen, using watercolours to add colour and detail. Her picture book illustrations have also made use of coloured pencils, oils, lithography and more recently, pastels. Gerda Muller is known for her love of nature and natural scenes. Her illustrations are vibrant, detailed, and reflect the changing seasons and landscapes. Gerda has also illustrated the popular French series Turlutins and continues to work with French publisher L'ecole des Loisirs on charming modern stories such as Ce pousse comment? (published by Floris Books as How Does My Garden Grow?).