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The Tomten and the Fox Paperback – Oct 6 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (Oct. 6 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698115929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698115927
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 0.4 x 20.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terrie on Oct. 16 2002
Format: Paperback
This book was originally published in 1966 and maintains all of its original charm. It is the simple story of the friendly house spirit called the Tomten that keeps watch over a Swedish farm homestead, its animals and people. We have met this Tomten before in another wonderful book by Astrid Lindgren called The Tomten. In this story, which takes place around Christmas time, we find a hungry fox faring out on a cold and snowy winter night in search of food. The illustrations are so beautiful and they really transport you to a cold, quiet winter night with snow crunching underfoot and stars sparkling overhead. The characters of the Tomten and the fox are very engaging and are sure to be well-loved by children. The text is very simple but has a lyrical quality that is the perfect compliment to the homey and comforting artwork.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 30 1998
Format: Paperback
Hi, my mom read this book to me when I was very little and I am buying it now so I can read it to me kids. It is a wonderful story about a hungry fox and a kind tomten who watches a farm and he feeds the fox, it will really touch you and your children
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By Mamabadger on Sept. 22 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a longtime favourite. My children loved it when they were little, and now read it to their own children.
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.
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By A Customer on Nov. 20 2003
Format: Paperback
A few months ago my son was terrified of an imaginary being (imaginary to me, maybe there was something really there that only he could see). This scary being had fire all around it and my son was truly terrified of it. I finally said, "maybe it's hungry. I think if we offer it some food he will go away." So we did this and thankfully the being did go away, verified by my son. But, the next day this fire being was back. So we fed it again and it went away.
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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