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Moominland Midwinter (Moomins Fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 26 Jul 1973
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"The Moomin books make for both splendid bedtime read-alouds and solitary savoring." -"Wall Street Journal""This book is a marvelous new look at a time of year when many of us are huddling inside, trying to stay warm, and a good reminder during a hot summer of what to look forward to in a few short months." -"The Green Man Review""Timeless . . . Perfect for reading aloud . . . The magical adventures of the innocent Moomin family have the whimsical, surrealistic quality of Frank Baum's Oz books." - "Chicago"" Parent""The Moomins originated in Finland, found their way to England, and have now, happily, crossed the Atlantic. One couldn't ask for more engaging citizens." -"The Christian Science Monitor""The books . . . belong on the shelf next to classics like "A Wrinkle in Time" and "The Phantom Tollbooth."" -"Entertainment
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In this book, Moomintroll wakes up in winter - the first Moomin to do so. He faces up to loneliness, and dealing with strange new people on his own - and then with Little My, which can be even harder. Winder includes death, and rebirth and partying, as the seasons move round.
the book has two wonderful Moominmamma moments - even sound asleep with the rest of the family, she manages to sort out one of his problems. And then when she wakes up, to find him ill and the house ransacked, she takes it in her stride.
Great for reading aloud - Moomins have become part of my family.
Tove Jansson created lovable and quirky characters, characters that you instantly feel reflect your own personality, with a simple message that a simple way of life and a life of acceptance is best, set in a beautiful land where nature is also a leading character.
Here is the sixth novel in the series, Moominland Midwinter, where Moomintroll wakes during the Moomin's winter hibernation and can't get back to sleep. It's again an adventure story, with Moomintroll and Little My meeting plenty of previously unknown characters that stay awake during the winter, mainly Too-ticky who now lives in the bathing-house. The difference is that you delve deeper into Moomintroll's character. It's set in a rather dark, lonely and introspective environment but because of this, shows us Moomintroll's and Moominmamma's unconditional love for each other. The final chapter, when Moominmamma awakes, is very moving. Again acceptance is the theme running throughout the book.
While it doesn't quite compare with most people's favourite Finn Family Moomintroll it does have it's magical moments and deserves five stars from me purely for the final chapter.
The coming of spring is a relief for Moomintroll - however, we feel he has learned something about the ways of the world and the cycle of the seasons. Moominmamma, as engaging as ever, takes the chaos of the untidy house and the decimation of the jam store in her stride. A lovely book, definitely as much for adults as for children. I certainly thought so, anyway,
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