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Book Review: Children of the Forest

Looking for a fabulous picture book?   Elsa Beskow (1874-1953) wrote and illustrated many children’s books originally in Swedish, and “Children of the Forest” is one our family favourites:

Children of the Forest book

The story is about a family that lives in the forest, how they work and how they play.  The children help get ready for winter, doing things like harvesting mushrooms:

Time to harvest mushrooms!

There is a lot to do, and everyone helps out… or do they?  Well, mostly!

Children helping at home

Then they are off to have some adventures,  including flying on a bat, splashing in streams, playing with fairies and being scared by an ogre!  He is quite nice, actually, no need to be worried.   The story is interesting and the pictures are lovely, so if your little one can settle in for a good story then I would recommend this one for ages 3-8.

Children at play!

There are also a few lovely items to be found in NaturalKids team members shops, you will find the links below:

Find beautiful inspired items by Art of Felting, Little Elfs Toyshop and Nushkie Design on Etsy.



 Natalie Weeks lives in B.C., where she sees more bears than pidgeons.
Raising three children, making crafts from natural materials and
being inspired by the natural beauty surrounding keeps her kinda
busy.  It’s a good busy.  You can also find her on Etsy at Woolhalla
 and sometimes blogging at

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Children of the Forest

  1. One of my girls’ (and mine) favorites! I love the sweet things you’ve found to go with it.

  2. I love that book, it’s so cute and sweet! ^_^

  3. My 4 and 6 year old son & daughter both love this book, and so do I! What fun to have felted ones to go along with it so they can “play” it.

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