"Anna Amnell-- traite pour sa part de la différence dans Kyynärän mittainen tyttö (Haute d’une aune, 2004) en évoquant le destin d’une enfant de petite taille enlevée pour servir de lutin à la cour de la reine Élisabeth Ire."
In Anna Amnells "Roman Kyynärän mittainen tyttö (Das eine Elle große Mädchen, 2004) wird das Anderssein mit Hilfe des Schicksals eines Mädchens behandelt, das geraubt wird, um als Hofzwerg von Elisabeth I. zu dienen." (Virtual Finland)
"En su novela Una chica de un codo de altura (Kyynärän mittainen tyttö, 2004), Anna Amnell -- trata el tema de las diferencias a través de una narración sobre destino de una adolescente enana que es raptada y llevada a la corte de la reina Isabel I."(Virtual Finland)
Illustration: Matti Amnell
Lucia Olavintytär (Olav's daughter) can sing, play lute and speak and read many languages. She is a true Renaissance girl.
Aurora travels with Iida from Finland to Canada in 1903 in Anna Amnell's Aurora and Molly. The book was written and published in Finnish in 1999. Read a short English excerpt:
Illustration: Matti Amnell (Jr)
Blinnikka, Vuokko: Pirkko Pekkarinen [= Anna Amnell]. – Kotimaisia lasten- ja nuortenkirjailijoita 2. Toim. Ismo Loivamaa. Hki 1999: BTJ Kirjastopalvelu, s. 197-199.
”Anna Amnell tells us about her journey as a writer of children’s books from Italian renaissance to Turku castle through three books. Her heroine is Lucia, short in stature, who comes to the court of Duke John and Catherine Jagellon in Turku, in the middle of the 16th century. The background of the plot is a vast non-fiction part which deals with genetics and disturbances in growth, among other things. Besides Turku, Tallinn is also a scene of Amnell’s books, and the various ways of social behaviour are described, too.” Vuokko Jokinen: Summary. - Tyyris Tyllerö [Humpty Dumpty], a journal of
Lucia is En Ell-sized Girl (a short info in French, German, and Spanish)
Lucia and Luka [Lucia ja Luka. Kyynärän mittainen tyttö ja poika]
Themes: the 16th century, 1562-1563, Turku, Wittenberg, Prince John of Finland, Catharina Jagellonica, renaissance court in Turku, Finland, growth hormone deficiency, Erik XIVof Sweden, Ivan the Terrible, Lucia Olavsdaughter, Luka of Dalmatia, frienship, romantic love-
Lucia 2. 2006
17-year old Lucia is only 81cm tall. She comes to Helsinki to teach 13-year old Margareta to play lute. She has also a secret task to perform. Margareta is tall and beautiful. When her father dies her stepmother wants to marry her to a strange old man. The girls decide to escape to Tallinn to Margareta's uncle. It is winter, it is cold. Will the sea be frozen? Can they skate or walk over the sea to safety?
Lucia 1. 2004
Lucia I An Ell-Sized Girl [Kyynärän mittainen tyttö]
"An Ell-Sized Girl was shortlisted for Lasten LukuVarkaus -2005, a national children's book prize, which is given each year for the best children's book ( under 12 years old ).
Anna Amnell: Lucia I Fall 2004. Lasten Keskus.
Themes: The 16th century, growth hormone deficiency, family, friendship, the Baltic Sea, Gotland, the Fens, Ely, London. Elizabeth I, Prince John of Finland in London.
Thirteen-year-old Lucia Olavintytär [fictitious character] is 2 ft 8 inches tall ( 81 cm). She lives a sheltered life at a rural manor house in the middle of the Finnish forests. Lucia and her brothers are given a good education by their father, a former monk. Lucia is good singer and lute player, she speaks and writes Latin fluently. Her father knows Lucia's worth in the sixteenth century world and tries to protect her. People like her were sold, kidnapped and donated to the kings and queens at the European courts to be used as companions, entertainers and nurses of the royal children.
On an early spring morning in 1559 Lucia goes to her usual ride accompanied by her servant boy. In a moment Lucia's life is changed. She is kidnapped and taken by boat first to Gotland and then to the Fens, the ancient swamplands of England, to be trained and sold to be a dwarf and spy at the court of the young Queen Elizabeth. What will happen to Lucia?
2014 A new edition: The story of Aurora Koivu
Anna Amnell: Vaahteralaakson Aurora. 2014. First three Aurora books in a new edition. 362 pages.
The story of Aurora Koivu. ISBN 978-952-286-355-3 Books on Demand
A notice in a guidebook for Finnish elementary teachers about Anna Amnell's fiction: "detailed description of history, milieu and manners. - - History brought to life." Härkönen & Karjarinta & Pakarinen (Editors): Non-fiction and fiction for elementary schools. Helsinki 1994.
Themes: 1903, russification in Finland, immigration to Canada, Canadian nature, Edwardian lifestyle, children as servants, romantic love.
Aurora's journalist father is expelled from the grandduchy of Finland. Aurora follows him to Toronto in 1903 and works as servant girl in an Edwardian household. [Aurora, Vaahteralaakson tyttö. Published by the name 'Pirkko Pekkarinen' ]
"Aurora and her cousins from Saint Petersburg." 1993. [Aurora ja Pietarin serkut.]. Published by the name 'Pirkko Pekkarinen'= Anna Amnell] Publisher: Kirjapaja. ISBN 951-625-158-7
Aurora studies art in Helsinki. Her cousin Olga comes to school to Finland. The girls experience the 1905 general strike in Finland
Themes: romantic love, Helsinki, 1905 general strike, school. The 1905 general strike from the point of view of schoolgirls and a non-Socialist family, history, immigrants to Toronto, Canadian nature, Edwardian life style, children as servants, romantic love.
Aurora returns for a summer in Toronto with her Canadian fiancé Thomas. Themes: Toronto, Canada's nature, children as servants, ghosts.
Aurora's story for younger readers, 8-10 years old. Black and white illustration by Anna Amnell's son Matti Amnell. Themes: 1903: friendship, russification in Finland, immigration to Canada, Toronto, Edwardian life-style, children as servants.
The copyright for all Aurora-books: Anna Amnell and Matti Amnell