Root Children Wake Up!

*The Root Children


All winter the impish little root children have been safely ensconced underground, with Mother Earth watching over their peaceful slumber, all warm and cozy, while the world above is frozen and dreary. As the snow begins to melt on the ground, Mother Earth, walking with a little candle underground, gently wakes up the root children. Spring is coming and there’s work to be done – they need to sew themselves new gowns, and clean and paint the beetles and bugs.

As she wakes up the root children, she recites or sings the following song.

Spring is Coming

Spring is coming, spring is coming,
Birdies, build your nest,
Weave together straw and feather,
Doing each your best.

Spring is coming, spring is coming,
Flowers are coming too,
Pansies, lilies, daffodillies,
Now are coming through.

Spring is coming, Spring is coming,
All around is fair;
Shimmer and quiver on the river,

Joy is everywhere.

“Spring is Coming” is a favorite of both the children and parents at the Chicago Waldorf School, and you can hear it hummed and sung throughout the school as we move into the spring season. Cole is a freshman at the Chicago Waldorf High School now, but last week as we were driving home from school he began to whistle, “Spring is Coming.”  His early childhood Waldorf roots are very deep.

**The Root Children by Sibylle von Olfers is a timeless story with stunning illustrations that tells the story of the seasons. It might make the perfect springtime (Easter basket) gift for a special child in your life.

How do you “spring” into springtime? Gardening? Spring cleaning? Iced tea on the patio?

Drop me a comment if you have time, because Odd loves company!



The book can be purchased at the *Rudolf Steiner College Bookstore or **Amazon. I have linked to both resources. These are not  affiliate links.

8 thoughts on “Root Children Wake Up!

  1. I am buying this book for sure!! I collect good children’s books and this one slipped by my young children. There is always the next generation God willing!

    There is a lovely proverb ” Train up a child in the way he should go and when he grows old he will not depart from it”. I’ve noticed my children remember things introduced as young as two years of age. I just love it!

  2. I’m very excited about spring…I got my seeds a couple of weeks ago, and picked up little peat pots for starting plants indoors this past weekend…can’t wait!


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