Bringing the outdoors indoors with a stack of Elsa Beskow this afternoon. Elsa was aptly knighted "The Beatrix Potter" of Scandinavia for her sweet and sprouting stories! Wouldn't it be great to be the Beatrix Potter of someplace! Elsa was also an active member of the Scandinavian women's movement and you can find hints re. rights like freedom of speech in many of her books! She was also an early champion of holistic education!
"Lisa and her grandmother lived on the edge of the wood in a cottage with a garden all around it. Beyond the garden was their vegetable patch and a meadow sloping down to the lake, where the Water Lilies were just out. Behind the cottage was the real forest, full of Twinflowers, Bilberries and Wintergreen."