Honesty and hardwork are justly rewarded in this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, illustrated by the legendary European artist Bernadette Watts.
Two sisters find their fortunes changed when they both tumble down a well into the magical land of Mother Holly. The first sister, unloved by her step-mother but appreciated by the gentle Mother Holly, finds that her hard work and kindness pays off luxuriously. When the second sister tries to recreate her sister’s good fortune, her laziness puts her in a sticky situation– and she realizes she must change her ways. Bernadette’s delicate and colorful illustrations transport the reader into the fantasy land of this timeless tale.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in 1785 and 1786 near Frankfurt, Germany. In their early twenties, they began the linguistic studies that would culminate in their collected editions of folk- and fairy tales. They got their stories from peasants and villagers, and sometimes from already-published works from other cultures. Jacob did much of the research; Wilhelm put the stories into literary form.
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.