Astrid Lindgren's Tomten Tales

The Tomten and The Tomten and the Fox

Astrid Lindgren; Illustrated by Harald Wiberg

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  • Rediscover these classic stories by Sweden's famous children's author
  • A charming collector's edition containing both The Tomten and The Tomten and the Fox
  • Soft, enchanting illustrations bring the world of the tomte to life

Collector's combined edition of Astrid Lindgren's two classic Tomten tales, The Tomten & The Tomten and the Fox.

210 x 274 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 8 years
64 pages
Publication date:
10 Aug 2017


On small silent feet, the Tomten tiptoes through the snow, keeping watch over the farm on chilly winter nights.

One night, a cunning fox comes by. How will the Tomten guard the chickens, and help the hungry fox?

These classic stories are a delight for young children, depicting the traditional Swedish character of the house elf, or tomten.

This is a beautiful collector's combined edition of Astrid Lindgren's two classic Tomten tales, The Tomten & The Tomten and the Fox.


'Astrid Lindgren's Tomten Tales have been delighting children for decades through soft and simple prose paired with gentle watercolor illustrations... Readers and listeners will be able to understand the message of kindness and appreciate the story of the Tomten, even without knowing its origins... This is a great story for quiet storytimes (either in groups or one-on-one) for early elementary students.
-- Youth Services Book Review

'Worthy as a gift.'
-- Kirkus Reviews

'Two classic stories by Sweden's acclaimed children's author have been created into this charming edition with the original soft, enchanting illustrations by Harald Wilberg allowing the world of the Tomten to be vividly brought to life. '
-- Outside in World

'Children love these stories!'
-- Kindling

Praise for The Tomten:

'Astrid Lindgren writes evocatively of long cold winters and the benevolent guardianship of the Tomten. A lovely, feelgood picture book with traditionally styled illustrations that show the Tomten as a genial gnome-like figure. Delightful! Families Rating: 5 out of 6'
-- Families South West magazine

'It would be hard to find a nicer bedtime story. Beautifully painted, quiet moonlit scenes and poetic words tell of the Tomten, a small elf-like person who lives on a farm. It is a beautiful cosy tale of winter bedtimes, very comforting and definitely one of our favourites.'
-- Hilary Woolf with Isaac (age 4), Education Otherwise


Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was born on a homestead in Småland, Sweden. Her most famous book, Pippi Longstocking, was published in 1945 to great success. She is also well known for Karlsson on the Roof, her books about The Bullerby Children and The Tomten. Her books are loved all over the world and have sold around 145 million copies. She won many awards, including the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Pippi Longstocking in 1973; the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1958; and the International Book Award from UNESCO in 1993.


Find out more about Astrid Lindgren and her world on our Astrid Lindgren Biography and Book Information page. Includes a most-loved book list.

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