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Over 30 years ago, Andrew Linnell was asked by his then three-year-old son to tell him a bedtime story. Because they were camping, Andrew had neglected to take any books. The Dance of the Elves is the story that emerged. His son told the story to his friend, the daughter of Waldorf educator Elizabeth Auer, who set to work to illustrate the book, with some input from her own small children.
The story describes the concern of a group of elves during a period of no rain in their forest. It tells of the bravery of one elf, Beecher, who went to search for water to save the leaves from wilting. On his quest, this courageous elf meets many wonders of the natural world.