January 02, 2013

Anne Geelhaar and Erich Gürtzig: Der Schneemann sucht eine Frau

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Hope you all had some beautiful days. We spent the holidays with family and friends and lots of good food, many books and much more Lego. Now I'm pleased to be back here with some picture books (all gifts for Christmas). The first one is a reprint by Leipziger Kinderbuchverlag. The original edition has been published in 1961.

The author is Anne Geelhaar, who was a very famous and popular children's book author in the GDR (Eastern Germany). The illustrations are by Erich Gürtzig, who illustrated more than 100 children's books mainly in the 1950ies.

It's about a snowman who is searching for a wife but couldn't find the right one. Finally he finds a snowdrop growing in the spring sunshine. It all ends as it must end: The snowman is melting in the sun, happy for not being alone anymore.


  1. Happy New Year, Saskia! And what a nice story about the snowman. We have a children's song in Danish about Mister Snowman who meets Miss Thaw. When he kisses her, he slowly melts, and at the end Miss Thaw must keep him in a cup. It's beautiful and sad.

    1. Snowmen seem to be quite charming, but they do not consider the consequences ;)

  2. We've long been inspired by urban art and have finally created a collection that pays homage to this secret addiction of ours!