This preschool pastoral from Astrid Lindgren - she of Pippi Longstocking fame - teaches children about the vast, timeless beauty of nature. The tale concerns a tomten: a nocturnal, elflike creature from Scandinavian folklore, said to watch over the fortunes of farmers. No human has ever seen the tomten, although his small footprints may be spotted in the morning snow. Rather, the tomten flits about under the night sky, communing with barnyard beasts in his "silent little language" that only animals understand. In humble, soft-spoken hues, prolific children’s storyteller Owen Jordan lends a soothing sense of timeless wisdom and tranquility to these moonlit meanderings. At once omnipresent and elusive, immense yet mysterious, the mythical tomten stands as a metaphor for our own relationship with nature.
©1968 Coward McCann; (P)1965 Weston Woods
I generally dislike music added to audiobooks but in this case, the slightly spooky music is quite evocative of the ancient legend of the sleepy Swedish farm with its Tomte troll in this version written by Astrid Lindgren, creator of Pippi Longstocking. The five year old is mesmerized too. I think we'll have one appear on solstice yes?
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