Elsa Beskow Children of the Forest Large Puzzle

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This beautiful wooden puzzle is drawn from a favourite scene of Elsa Beskow’s literature. The puzzle measures approximately 30x20cm.

About Elsa Beskow:

Elsa Beskow was a Swedish children’s book author and illustrator. She is often called the ‘Beatrix Potter’ of Scandinavia. Elsa Beskow’s popular Swedish children’s books include Peter in Blueberry Land, Children of the Forest and Pelle’s New Suit. Swedish children have grown up with Elsa Beskow’s books for over 100 years.

Literature, music and art became the central focus of their home. During this time the Swedish women’s movement was growing in strength, a cause supported in Elsa Beskow’s new home. Her upbringing was liberal and she was raised to stand up for her ideals. These values are reflected in her children’s picture books. The Flowers’ Festival, from 1914, argues for freedom of speech for everyone, and some suggest that Mrs Chestnut (left), in her loose-fitting dress, is depicted as pregnant – a daring thing to do at a time when the middle classes were of the view that pregnant women should be kept out of sight.

Elsa Beskow’s aunts and uncle had progressive views of parenting and education, and they began a school where children learned through games and enjoyment and with focus on understanding what they studied. Elsa Beskow appears to have been affected by these views. In the story of Doktor Klokamundus (Doctor Clever Cloggs, in Muntergök 1919), the invention of a learning machine can be seen as a critique of the established school system where the method of teaching was forcing information without consideration of comprehension and effective learning.

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