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eBook The Tomten and the Fox ePub

by Astrid Lindgren

  • ISBN: 0698115929
  • Category: Animals
  • Subcategory: For Children
  • Author: Astrid Lindgren
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (October 6, 1997)
  • Pages: 32
  • ePub book: 1940 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1502 kb
  • Other: lrf docx txt doc
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 259

Description

“This is a bedtime story that small children will want to hear over and over again.”—The New YorkerIn this sequel to the classic The Tomten, the creator of Pippi Longstocking adapts a Swedish folk tale into a beloved children’s story. When a hungry fox wanders into a farm late at night looking for food, the guard troll Tomten finds a way to keep the farm animals safe and feed the fox at the same time.  “The illustrations have a luminous beauty. There’s a kind, quiet calm here that warms the winter air.”—The New York Times “Charming, hushed illustrations and quiet text together evoke the soft, snowy silence and winter beauty of a Swedish night. The troll Tomten mercifully saves the farm animals from the depredations of Reynard the fox, and manages to assuage the fox’s hunger to boot!”—School Library Journal (starred review)

Comments

Ausstan Ausstan
I might be the only person who actually dislikes the story. As a child, I loved The Tomten, and I've been reading my old copy to my own kids. I was delighted to see that there was a second book, but it just misses the mark for me.

The voice swings between narrator, animal characters, and someone else - the tomten himself? The fox? It's hard to tell who is scolding the fox to tread quietyly. There's no real rhythm to the words, unlike the original prose. I'm sure this is an #unpopularopinion, but I just can't enjoy this book.
Bearus Bearus
Great Scandinavian folkloric story of winter in the North. Poetic, atmospheric tale of a winter night, where the kind and nurturing little Tomten gently but firmly protects the chickens from a marauding fox by giving him oatmeal! Interesting roots to this story - the Scandinavian belief in little people who guard the farm. Actually there are worldwide stories of little people; in the Yucatan they are also said to be farm guardians (Duendes, or Alux} and reports of them in North America as well. How can we be so sure they are just myths? The farm guardian stories suggest that they were the original "owners" of the land, just continuing to steward it for the food gifts left them by the farmers. And there are even tiny arrowheads and skeletons found.
Cobandis Cobandis
This book is lovely. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the story introduces children to Scandinavian folklore. What's especially nice is that the story gives two perspectives... one from the Tomten who protects a family farm, and one from a hungry fox looking to get a meal from the henhouse. The guilty look on the fox's face is priceless when the Tomten catches him sticking his nose in the henhouse! Since we live on a farm and deal with chickens and foxes regularly, this is especially perfect for our family. My children love reading both this book and THE TOMTEN and never seem to tire of them. I love the bit of old magic that they add to our lives.
Bulace Bulace
This book should be read after the introductory tale, THE TOMTEN, which introduced this modest Scandinavian gnome. Based on Nordic legend this little fellow guards a farm; children and adults have heard about him, but never seen him--only his tiny footprints in the snow are proof he is on duty. His self-appointed mission is to guard the farm by night and help restless farm animals drift off to sleep.

But tonight a hungry fox comes exploring. How can the little fellow with the long white beard and red stocking cap protect the animals--yet show kindness to a hungry creature? I have long loved this gentle tale, with its compassionate message and captivating illustrations. I feel that Tomten Lore should be a part of all children's heritage--even if they don't have Scandinavian ancestry. A third book is the longer THE CHRISTMAS TOMTEN. Sprinkled with falling stars!
Darksinger Darksinger
5 stars goes to these gorgeous illustrations; the story on the other hand left me scratching my head . I found myself wanting to like it due to the amazing artwork but it honestly hasn't much of a story . Read it to my niece and she was like " that's it ? " I kind of felt the same way . Ps she loved the artwork too .
Kearanny Kearanny
This is a brief children's tale about a fox who goes to a house looking for something to eat and is instead fed by a house spirit called a tomten. AFAIK, it's not an old traditional tale, but is instead a simple introduction to the beliefs about these spirits, what they do, their role, why people leave them offerings, etc.

For those who like to raise our children with less consumerism and more of the old ways, it's a nice step forward.

One thing I did notice that is worth pointing out as a minor flaw (not held against the book for rating purposes) is that the painting of the mice doesn't match the text opposite while all other paintings do. this takes a little getting used to but otherwise, it's a great little children's book.
Broadcaster Broadcaster
Charming tale with beautiful illustrations. None of us are young enough to need a child's book but it was a fun part of our celebration to read it as a tribute to our heritage. I highly recommend this for all ages, just to slow down, savor the words and imagery and wonderful artwork.
Thoughts:
* I love this book just as much now as I did when I was a child!
* Teaches children to respect life, whether it's human or other.
* Shows the importance of helping other out, even if it goes unnoticed.
* The images are wonderfully calm and not flashy, no silly characters like a lot of books these days.
* I knew this book was a paperback but I didn't know it would be so flimsy, so that made me a little sad.

A lovely read, at a great price. It's a paperback though, just FYI!