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. (Source: Saffron Tree) For background about this author we found Florisbooks and Wikipedia to be helpful. Here’s our background information we learned about Sweden too!
Peter in Blueberry Land (Puttes Äventyr i blåbärsskogen) (1901)
The story we found ourselves inspired by was Peter in Blueberry Land by Elsa Beskow. My daughter and her friends have a love affair with picking blueberries so they easily could identify with the main character. In the story, Peter is looking for blueberries for his mother’s birthday but he can’t find a single one. Suddenly he feels a light tap on his shoe, and a strange and magical adventure begins.
Wooden Peg People for Creative Play
After we read the story my daughter was inspired to make her own little wooden peg people to recreate the story and create new stories about the characters Elsa has created for her readers. This inspiration led to our very first lesson on learning how to sew.