The Tomten and the Fox Paperback – Oct 6 1997
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Moonlit scenes of the farmyard under snow show Reynard the fox prowling near the henhouse. He's hungry, but Tomten, the kindly old troll who guards the henhouse at night, shares his porridge with the fox and the hens are safe--for another night. Ages 4-8.
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'A beautifully illustrated tale adapted from an old Swedish poem. The Tomten, who looks after the farm at night, meets a hungry fox and agrees to share his supper with him if the fox promises to leave the hens alone. A very gentle, friendly story. It is refreshing that he understands that the fox is hungry and needs to eat - rather than the 'nasty fox' approach. The children I have read this to loved it.' - Hilary Woolf with Isaac (age 5), Education Otherwise, April 2005 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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The plot is extremely basic. At night on the farm, a fox begins prowling for prey, and the henhouse is in danger. However, the farm is guarded by the mythical Swedish being, the Tomten.
The story has just the right balance for the very young: it is, at first, subtly spooky without being actually scary, and is resolved harmlessly. The mysterious character of the Tomten turns out to be merely the friendly gnome-like caretaker of the farm, who resolves the problem of a prowling fox by offering the fox a bowl of oatmeal in place of the hens he is stalking. The charming illustrations match the text perfectly, giving us at first just a vague glimpse of the Tomten - little ones love to point out the Tomten as he first appears, and the fox when he arrives - then finally revealing him entirely. The farm scenes are lovely as well. I recommend this very highly.
The Tomten and the Fox was recommended to me by a friend. Ever since we bought the book the fire being hasn't been back.
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Lovely story, fantastic illustrations, a slight mismatch between storyline and illustrations around midway through the book. Great bedtime read, has become a toddler favorite.Published 9 months ago by blissin
I would hope that every child would have a chance to read this story .Astrid Lindgren made reading a joy for all children and adults .Published 22 months ago by Phyllis Mcnaughton
The illustrations are gorgeous. The story is simple, kind. I was worried about my four-year-old son being scared by the idea of this tomten who roams around the farm at night, but... Read morePublished on Dec 29 2012 by Amanda