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The Tomten [Hardcover]

Astrid Lindgren , Harald Wiberg
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Aug 1992
It's a chilly winter night on the farm. Everyone is fast asleep. All but one ...On silent feet the Tomten visits the dreaming cows, the slumbering sheep and the children sleeping soundly in their beds. He whispers softly to each of them, making sure they are safe and warm. This classic picture book is a delight for young children, depicting the traditional Swedish character of the house elf, or tomten.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863151531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863151538
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Astrid Lindgren was born in 1907, and grew up at a farm called Näs in the south of Sweden. She began her writing career in 1944 after she won a children's book competition, with Pippi Longstocking published a year later.

She published more than one hundred books in her lifetime and is still the most popular children's author in Sweden. Her books have been translated into more than sixty languages, and she received numerous honours and awards.

Astrid Lindgren died in 2002.

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'Astrid Lindgren writes evocatively of long cold winters and the benevolent guardianship of the Tomten. A lovely, feelgood picture book with traditionally styled illustrations that show the Tomten as a genial gnome-like figure. Delightful! Families Rating: 5 out of 6' -- Families South West magazine 'It would be hard to find a nicer bedtime story. Beautifully painted, quiet moonlit scenes and poetic words tell of the Tomten, a small elf-like person who lives on a farm. It is a beautiful cosy tale of winter bedtimes, very comforting and definitely one of our favourites.' -- Hilary Woolf with Isaac (age 4), Education Otherwise, October 2004

About the Author

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was born on a homestead in Smaland, Sweden. Her most famous book, Pippi Longstocking, was published in 1945 to great success. She is also well known for Carlsen on the Roof, her books about The Bullerby Children and The Tomten. Her books are loved all over the world and have sold around 145 million copies. She won many awards, including the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Pippi Longstocking in 1973; the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1958; and the International Book Award from UNESCO in 1993.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite books.. 21 Oct 2010
Many years ago I read this to my children - and I loved it as much as they did. The artwork is very beautiful, and the story very touching! I'm now looking forward to reading it to my grandchildren.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A delight! 27 Jan 2013
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I remember reading this book to classes of reception age children, and to my own boys, several years ago. I loved the atmospheric artwork, and the quiet repetitive story - and this seemed to be absorbed by the children. Although nothing much seems to happen as the tomten makes his nightly rounds it provides a window into a magical world of hard winters and thick snow. At the end we glimpse the coming of summer in the tomten's thoughts.

I found it very useful to have a story which is set in midwinter, but doesn't mention Christmas. In Britain snow and cold weather usually occurs in January and it is good to have stories which reflect the one without limiting it to Christmas. My grandchildren have loved it this winter - snuggling down to hear the story of the tomten in the same way as their parents did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mysterious 28 May 2012
By MargC
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I liked this story as a child. I liked the slight mystery about it and the calm repetitiveness of the story. A good story for a cold and stormy winter evening in front of a fire. Just as it would have been in Sweden where the story is set. This is not an adventure with lots of goings on, it's a picture book with soothing words. It must have made an impact on me as a child as I can still remember it today. I bought it for my little goddaughter and she enjoyed it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 21 Oct 2007
"And he speaks to them, in Tomten language, a silent little language that only children understand"

Lyrical and beautifully illustrated. A winter bedtime treat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tomten 10 Jan 2014
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Children loved this, and it became a firm favourite. lovely pictures. and easy to read, good for bed time story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The quality of the pictures could be better! 2 Sep 2013
By Mrs A
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I do love this book but the quality of the pictures could be better. I use to read this book in Swedish as a child and this is sadly not as good quality as the original.
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