cygne sauvage

Illustration by Anna and Elena Balbusso. Les cygnes sauvages (The Wild Swans). Hans Christian Andersen. Translated by Régis Boyer. Gallimard Jeunesse Musique (2007).

Although far from here, where the swans will fly when it is winter, dwelt a king who had eleven sons and a daughter, Elisa. The eleven brothers, who were princes, went to school, stars on their chests and swords at their sides; they wrote on gold slates with diamond pencils…Their sister Eliza sat on a little crystal stool and had a picture book whose price was worth half the kingdom.