Friendship comes in all shapes and sizes! Originally published in 1969, this original Bernadette Watts story is now back in print with brand new, radiant illustrations.
Hans Millermann is lonely and longs for the company of a friend. The little green caterpillar that lives with him in the mill is not good enough, so he goes out into the world to find a real friend. He is happy to befriend a snowflake, a flower, or even a fox. But none are willing to be his friend in return—not even the wind. The wind reminds Hans that they both still have something important to do. When Hans returns home to the mill, he finds a surprise: a beautiful butterfly is waiting for him. Could it be the caterpillar that Hans had previously disregarded?
Bernadette Watts has delighted children around the world with her timeless tales and expressive art. This sweet story about recognizing friendship in all of its disguises will warm hearts and open minds.
The original edition of Hans Millerman was published in 1969. For her 80th birthday, Bernadette completely re-illustrated the book with colorful illustrations that give this universal story a new shine.
Bernadette Watts, known throughout Europe simply as Bernadette, has illustrated many dozens of folk- and fairy tales. Born in England, she loved to draw from childhood. She studied at the Maidstone Art School in Kent, UK, and for some time was taught by Brian Wildsmith and David Hockney. Bernadette’s many beautiful books include The Snow Queen and The Little Drummer Boy. Bernadette finds her inspiration in nature. Today she lives and works in Kent. She has been illustrating for NorthSouth Books and NordSüd Verlag since the beginning of her career fifty years ago.