The Tomten and the Fox Paperback – Oct 6 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
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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About the Author
Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002), born Astrid Anna Emilia Ericsson, was a well-known Swedish writer whose works renewed children's literature in Sweden and Scandinavia. Her best-known characters are independent and unconventional, including the untidy Pippi Longstocking, Karlsson, and Emil and his entertaining pranks.
Her books for children received many awards, including the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Pippi Longstocking in 1973; the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1958; and the International Book Award from UNESCO in 1993. Astrid Lindgren's success as an author brought her into the public eye and she became involved in national debates on issues including taxation policies, nuclear power and the treatment of children, refugees and animals. She continued in public life until the age of ninety-one, when she suffered a stroke and stopped appearing in public. Astrid Lindgren passed away at her home in Dalagatan.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The story was written by Astrid Lindgren, who also wrote the Pippi Longstocking series.
Most recent customer reviews
Brilliant! This touching story will guide readers and listeners into a realm of compassion and caring.Published 8 months ago by Ashley Green
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 18 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 on March 27 2014 by Phyllis Mcnaughton