“Long, long ago, when people were very poor…”
This is how every one of the beautiful stories in this collection of short stories begins. The Red Bird tells us about the two little children, Anna and her brother Mattias. They were alone in the world and had to work like slaves for the farmer in Myra. In the story My Nightingale is Singing, the little child Malin’s heart longs so desperately for something happy and beautiful to happen in the poorhouse in Norka, that one day a linden tree grows up, from a garden pea.