Leena Krohn: Children of the Sun

A wise and heart-warming story about the big and small miracles in life.

Author: Leena Krohn
Illustrator: Inari Krohn
Finnish original: Auringon lapsia
Publisher: Teos, 2011
Genre: Children’s fiction
Number of pages:  80 pp.
Reading material: Finnish original, English translation

Rights sold: Hungary, Cerkabella; Japan, Kamonan

Violet is a young schoolgirl who lives in the city with her mother, aunt, uncle, and grandmother. One day, Miss Willowherb, a nearby florist, asks for help, and Violet becomes the florist’s delivery girl for the week.

Each day of the week has its own flower and its own exciting deliveries. Violet ends up delivering flowers to a newborn, a high school student, a hospital, a prison, the most beautiful girl in town, a Chinese professor, a mayor, an opera singer, and a magician’s funeral.

Children of the Sun is illustrated with Inari Krohn’s artwork. It is a wise and heart-warming story in which Violet learns about both flowers and people – about the big and small miracles in life – in only a week’s time.

Children of the Sun is its own small world, built of fairy tales and reality. In its calmness and old-fashionedness, it is a small oasis.
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper

The distinguished Leena Krohn has just brought a charming children’s novel into the world. The book is nostalgic and old-fashioned, in the best sense of the word.
– Kirjava kammari literature blog

Also available:
Things I Never Learned (2021)
Perdition (2018)
A Letter to Buddha (2016)
Mistake (2015)
Hotel Sapiens (2013)
False Window (2009)
My Home is Riioraa (2008)
The Bee Pavilion (2006)
Datura (2001)
Mathematical Creatures, or Shared Dreams (1992)
Umbra (1990)
Gold of Ophir (1988)
Tainaron (2006 | 1985)
Doña Quixote and Other Citizens (1983)
The Pelican’s New Clothes – A Story from the City (1976)
The Green Revolution (1970 | 2020)

About the author:
Leena Krohn