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.


Anonymous said...

I'll have to check Hedgie's Surprise out. We had Trouble with Trolls, also by Jan Brett, from the library a couple of weeks ago and both my daughter and I fell in love with the story and pictures. So many tiny lovely details on every page. (And, I found the tomten costume thing on Angry Chicken fabulous.)

momandkiddo said...

I grew up with the Tomten books and loved them. You are right, they are very calming