Minnesota has their "Grumpy Old Men", (filmed partially in Wabasha MN) and apparently Sweden had their Grumpy Old Women!
This has to be one of the more unusual children's books I've come across in a while. It is not exactly a warm and cuddly book by today's standards. Elsa Beskow (1874-1953), a Swedish author, wrote "The Tale of the Wee Little Old Woman" in 1897. The book above was translated to English and published in 1958. Her book pages and whimsical paintings are often surrounded by decorative framework of the Art Nouveau style, as you see in this book.
This book is collectible because of its unusual theme and the lovely lithographed images. There are about ten pages and each image is blank on the back, so they are perfect for framing if someone would want to display it in such a way.
I thoroughly enjoyed her lively artwork and her depiction of the cranky, Wee Little Old Woman! I haven't given away all of the illustrations or the story though! If you would like this book for your very own it is available here.
Below you may read the text on the images and then my version of what happened after the wee cat drove the poor wee old woman to distraction!
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The wee little woman put a wee little bit of milk in a wee little bowl and set it on a little wee table...
Just then the wee little cat came in....
And then the wee little old woman went a wee little crazy and chased the poor wee cat about with her wee little broom all the while hollering wee little bad names at him...
So the wee cat ran away to the woods and NEVER came back again, because it found a new and loving family on the other side of the woods!!
And the Wee Woman Lived Happily Every After... and so did the cat! The End.
I can't wait to hear your thoughts on this book!
Until next time.. ~~ Diane