When I was given this calendar for Christmas, I discovered a new love of mine…
…the Swedish author and illustrator Elsa Beskow.
Born in Stockholm in 1874, Elsa Beskow became one of the most well known childrens writer and illustrator, writing stories where reality and fairytales were mixted together. Many of her stories are set in the forest, with characters dressed up like little berries. My two favourites are Tomtebobarnen (The Children of the Forest) and Puttes Äventyr i Blåbärsskogen (Peter in Blueberry Land). The stories are so sweet and cozy and the illustrations are absolutely beautiful!
It is said that Elsa Beskow took inspiration for her books from her own life and from her sons, and that the stories dealt largely with the child - adult relationship. Unfortunately Elsa fell victim to a large amount of criticism, mainly about the gender roles within her stories, as well as being considered as too old-fashioned.