This sweet, small and simple German import will probably make children, especially girls, smile.
Princess Lily’s domain lies beyond a flowering hedge, and all summer she plays amid the flowers and grasses with frog and bird, dragonfly and rabbit. But in the winter, her animal friends sleep or migrate, and she wonders if there is anyone else like her, who would like to play in the winter. Come spring, she asks an old tree, a badger and a hedgehog if they know anyone like her. They direct her across the forest, where she sees a prince named Tristan, who is looking for someone like himself. They embrace, have a beautiful wedding, followed by a happy winter, “And they are still living together happily today.” The human figures are tiny next to their animal friends, and each beautiful double-page spread is full of flowers, berries, butterflies and fauna in luscious colors and exquisite details.
The gentle undercurrent of the search for a soul mate should resonate with even very young children, and the glorious dandelions, snails, raspberries and apple blossoms deserve repeated visits. (Picture book. 4 -7)