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the Winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature
Albert the Glassblower and Sofia are the loving parents of little Klas and Klara. Albert makes the most beautiful glass bowls and vases (unfortunately they are so impractical that no one will buy them), while Sofia supports the family by working in the fields. Every year Albert goes to the fair to try to sell his wares, and sometimes Sofia and the children go too. At the fair the family meets Flutter Mildweather, a weaver of magical rugs that foretell the future, and Klas and Klara come to the attention of the splendid Lord and Lady of All Wishes Town, who have everything they want except for one thing: children.
images and excerpt by "New York Review books"