I love this frontispiece from the 1949 hardcover "Told Under the Green Umbrella." The illustration's caption states:
"He holds a green umbrella over the good children, and then they dream the most delightful stories all night long. -- Olé Luköié"The book is subtitled "Old Stories for New Children," as selected by the Literature Committee of the International Kindergarten Union.1 The pictures, and presumably the colorful frontispiece, are by Grace Gilkison.
The first tale in the book is titled "Olé Luköié, The Dustman."2 It begins:
"There is nobody in all the world who can tell so many stories as Olé Luköié! And such stories as he can tell!The tale further describes Olé's green umbrella, which is covered with pictures that are held over the good children, so that they "dream the most delightful stories all night long."
According to Wikipedia, "'Ole Lukøje' is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen based upon a folk tale telling of a mysterious mythic creature of the Sandman, who gently takes children to sleep and, depending on how good or bad they were, shows them various dreams."
His name is composed of two parts: Olé being a common Danish boy's name and Lukøje meaning eye-closer in Danish.
Sounds like Olé Luköié -- or Ole Lukøje -- would make a good companion to Story Gnome!
1. "Literature Committee of the International Kindergarten Union." Wow, it's like getting your fairy tales via Samuel Gompers.
2. Other stories in the book include The Three Little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Scrapefoot (an earlier version of Goldilocks), and The Elves and the Shoemaker.