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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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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.


'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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Terrie
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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5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB & COMFORTING Memories Jan. 28 2002
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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable and tender story! Oct. 30 2009
I purchased this for my toddler and it has become mine and his most favourite bedtime story ever! The poetic phrase and rhythm, and the lovely illustrations are heartwarming, tender, and inspiring. Our imaginations run after the Tomten and we wish he spoke to us "in tomten language - a silent little language we can understand"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorit christmans story Dec 20 1997
By A Customer
As a swedish kid it is a tradirion to read this book. Tomten is a rime about a smal helper we belived in in north europe Viktor rydberg and Astrid Lindgren have done an excelent work trying to put down in words and picture what makes winter and christmas so special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is a Tomten? Nov. 14 2000
By naterby
A tomten is a gnome like creature that stands watch while the rest of the world is sleeping. This old tale should be recommended reading for everyone. The tomten is disappearing with our grandparents and great-grandparents. This is a wonderful tale!
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