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The Tomten

Narrated by: Owen Jordan
Length: 6 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 0-4
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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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.

Publisher's Summary

The tomten, an elflike creature, wanders through a lonely old farm to see that all is well. He comforts all of those that he comes into contact with.
©1968 Coward McCann (P)1965 Weston Woods

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Not hurdles

Just a tale of observation, no challenge, no problem solving, no real highlight. The reading is very good and makes a few comments of a tale to seem great than it is.

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The sound is mesmerizing

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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Fabulous!

I love that Audible has pictures displayed with this book. This one is hard to get a hold of and I’m still waiting on Amazon to find me a copy and mail it. Having this version on audible is a perfect solution. My five year old and I enjoyed it together.

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Super cute, with pictures!

Such an adorable story, and good introduction to the world of fairies and the other crowd. Because it has pictures too, from the book, I can use this as an alternative to television when I still need to get things done.. if only the app had an option to keep the screen on while it plays, and lock the screen so little fingers can't unintentionally turn it off.

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Short but sweet

I enjoyed this on a rainy night when the power went out - atmospheric, a little bit creepy, but in the end, comforting.

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Where are the pictures?

We've been slowly going through and buying the books in the With Synchronized Images category. This one was placed in that category but doesn't show any illustrations other than the cover image - I wish we could get the illustrated audiobook version or exchange it for one that has pictures!

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  • Andy
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Our daughter loves this book.

Great story. Our daughter falls asleep to this in the car and we listen a couple more times as she sleeps.

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Sweet Winter Story

I enjoyed this story because it feels like winter. I'd recommend reading this to small children before bed.