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The Tomten and the Fox Paperback – October 6, 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Moonlit scenes of the farmyard under snow show Reynard the fox prowling near the henhouse. He's hungry, but Tomten, the kindly old troll who guards the henhouse at night, shares his porridge with the fox and the hens are safe--for another night. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
'A beautifully illustrated tale adapted from an old Swedish poem. The Tomten, who looks after the farm at night, meets a hungry fox and agrees to share his supper with him if the fox promises to leave the hens alone. A very gentle, friendly story. It is refreshing that he understands that the fox is hungry and needs to eat -- rather than the 'nasty fox' approach. The children I have read this to loved it.' -- Hilary Woolf with Isaac (age 5), Education Otherwise, April 2005 --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Top customer reviews
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
The book is very sweet.