Tomten and the Fox, The (paperback)
A sequel to the well-loved Tomten, the classic children's picture book introducing the fabled Swedish gnome. A tomten is the being who looks after everything while the farmer and his family are sleeping. At night, when all is quiet around the farm, that's when he wakes up. In this tale, adapted by Astrid Lindgren from a poem by Karl-Erik Forsslund, the sly fox sneaks toward the farm in the moonlight, hoping to steal a chicken or two. But he's forgotten that the old tomten guards the farm at night! There's a sweet resolution to the story. Charming, hushed illustrations and quiet text together evoke the soft, snowy silence and winter beauty of a Swedish night. For ages 4-8.