Friday, March 6, 2009
Tomtens and (hopefully) saying goodbye to winter
I had never heard of a tomten until I read Jan Brett's book Hedgie's Surprise many years ago at storytime (I sometimes led storytime at the bookstore where I planned events), and I was much more attracted to the hedgehog. I didn't really think about tomtens again until I read about the tomten costume at Angry Chicken, and I was intrigued.
For the past two weeks, we've been reading The Tomten and The Tometen and the Fox by Astrid Lindgren (she also wrote Pippi Longstocking). The stories are about a tomten (like a little gnome) who guards a farm at night during the winter. Both books are rhythmic and lulling. I thought that they may not interest Abigail because they don't have lots of bright colors or an exciting plot. I now realize that the calmness is the best part. These are stories are set late at night in the middle of winter. They're supposed to be calming! I think they'd make great bedtime stories (for a normal child who understands bedtime).
I'll talk more about Hedgie's Surprise another time. It has little in common with the other tomten stories, but has it's own charms.