The Hidden Folk

The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings
by Lise Lunge-Larsen, illustrated by Beth Krommes.
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2004.

Tomorrow morning, we will drive to Lindsborg for the annual Midsummer's Festival. It's officially the start to my Everything Fairy Week, even though we have no fairy house and will not have a party this year.

I need my whimsy, people!

I thought I'd share this lovely book, in observance of the weekend. The Hidden Folk is a collection of "Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings." Lise Lunge-Larsen is a storyteller and author from Norway, who has since settled in the U.S. The book contains one tale per type of magical being. The illustrations come courtesy of Beth Krommes, who won the 2009 Caldecott Medal for The House in the Night. Her scratchboard art lends a folksy feel to the book, much in keeping with the stories. The Old World European style makes it perfect for a midsummer night's read.

Let us take a moment to admire the beautiful endpapers. Oooooo, I just love pretty endpapers!

More selkies!  Woo hoo!

The stories are wordy, but are short enough to make a pleasant read-aloud. We actually own this one! We enjoyed it enough via the library that it was requested for Christmas last year.

I'll have more to share over the weekend: Lindsborg, Father's Day, etc.

In the meantime...

Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!

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  1. again, thanks so much for the reminder about this book! I know both Julia and would just LOVE this!!

  2. I'm curious - is there a story about Brownies? Cute looking book.

    1. Brownies, specifically, no. The section on gnomes would come closest, as it does cover nisse, which would be the Scandinavian version of a brownie, from what I gather. :)


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