The Tomten
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2006
Look for the 1961 version if you care about presentation. I bought this thinking I was getting a deal. However, when I got it, I was disapointed. It's missing some pages and it has an extra 8 blank pages all throughout the book. The paper and scanning quaulity were awful. I did like one thing about it. My son was 3 when we got this book and I didn't want him to see print at the time (for personal waldorf education beliefs). The print is on one page and the pic is on the other. This format was great for us because I could cover the print page and expose only the pic page while I told the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 30, 2010
I'm sure an earlier edition of this book had better illustrations, but these look washed out, as if they have been printed too many times from a bad copy. The story of the Tomten is a great tie-in to studies of Sweden and for spring studies in the classroom.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2006
This is an English translation of a traditional Swedish childrens tale. I thought it was a nice little story, the illustrations could have been better though. This would be a good one to get for your kid if your trying to avoid the usual pop culture garbage.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2013
My 2-yr old and I weren't crazy about this book. Not boring enough that the kid would fall asleep but deeply unsatisfying that we have to read another book instead. A good book has to be sing-songy with dreamy graphics, and this will be both satisfying and soothing like warm milk before bedtime.

The very low-res graphics, really disappointing in a hardcover book, made Tomten have the evil eyes.
Especially when he is in a dark room, which is pretty much the entire book because it takes place in the dead of a winter night in Sweden.

The text is lengthy on each page with a song-like stanza at the bottom that sometimes doesn't make sense. I have to say it's probably because it is translated. I wish I had a Swedish friend who can read it to me, because I'm sure it would sound dreamy. Instead, it sounds choppy and I almost want to vocalize the text with a foreign accent just to make it seem appropriate. I'm not even sure where to put the emphasis on when I'm reading, even though it's in English.

The message, however, is excellent. Excellent enough for me to try to brainstorm a way to re-tell this story with a foreign accent and make the argument that even people with evil eyes could be good.

I hope to teach my kid the value helping without being seen. In this generation of facebook and self-promotion, I really miss the unseen kindness of people and the humility that comes with service.
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on February 16, 2013
We LOVE this story and the illustrations. 5 stars for the story!!!

The paperback we received does seem cheaply made and I wish I would have held out for a hardcover edition (which can be hard to find). 2 stars for the manufacturing.
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on December 12, 2012
I know this story in german, as a child, still yet, I love Astrid Lindgren storys.
I wanted to show it to my Hostfamily, espacilly my hostchild.
The only thing I would recommend is, to put it in a hard cover..
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