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The Tomten [Paperback]

Astrid Lindgren
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Jan. 11 2002
This outstanding book by the author of Pippi Longstocking--and winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award--has been called a "picture book of rare distinction" by the Chicago Tribune. Full color.

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From Publishers Weekly

About this imaginative tale of an invisible troll, PW said, "The gentle story with its eye-filling scenes is an apt choice for bedtime read-alouds." Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Terrie
Format:Paperback
I have loved this book for over 40 years. The copy I have was printed in Sweden a long time ago but I am very glad that this story is available as a nicely affordable paperback because it's such a sweet and comforting tale that lots of children will love. The beautiful illustrations capture perfectly the crisp, cold, snowy atmosphere of a still winter's night as the Tomten, a small spirit and guardian of a humble farm homestead goes about on his secret rounds doing his caretaker duties in his gentle, loving way. He whispers encouragment to the sleeping animals and children. He has seen many hundreds of winters and so he knows that "winters come and winters go, summers come and summers go" and the wheel of the year turns on and on. I encourage you to read this to children to help them feel safe and cozy and snug in their beds on a cold, dark winter's night...maybe try it this Winter Solstice and be sure to keep a look-out for tiny footprints in the snow around your home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB & COMFORTING Memories Jan. 28 2002
Format:Paperback
The Tomten was my first and favorite childhood book. Today, I read it to my daughter as her bedtime story. It is her favorite book also. This book is the perfect comforting bedtime story for children of all ages. The author magically weaves fantasy and security into the story of The Tomten. Reading The Tomten gives you that "safe in the bed between your parents" feeling we all remember.
The author, Austrid Lindgren, passed away today. The world has lost a timeless treasure. Thank you Mrs. Lindgren. You will be missed by generations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations and a gentle story March 19 2012
By jc5008
Format:School & Library Binding
The tomten is a book that my mother read to me as a child and the story of the gentle, mysterious little tomten checking in on the farm animals at night, resonated with me all these years. I am now delighted to be reading this book to my two children. My son especially loves the story and the pictures. The text has a beautiful melodic flow to it and I find it an excellent bedtime book to read, especially on those nights when the kids are a little over-tired and wound-up. It seems to put everyone into a calm, "feel good" kind of mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars memories Aug. 31 2013
By P.L.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the very book that I read as a child. This goes back to the days when you went to the local library and borrowed books weekly. I would borrow this book week after week. When I received word that I will soon be a grandpa I decided to see if the book was still available and it is so I now have it to read to my grandson as he grows up. sure hope he enjoys it as much as I did and still do. Thank you, Paul Le May
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By Amanda
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a beautiful book! A simple, traditional story as they don't write them anymore, with a slow rhythm. I was worried that my son would be scared by the idea of the tomten roaming the farm grounds at night, but he loves it. Very magical!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful Feb. 15 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The story and the pictures......... this book is lovely beyond words. My two year old likes it as much as my six year old. The Tomten is a wonderful winter book that assures children that everything is right with the world. Everything is safe and magical and just as it should be.
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