Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was born on a homestead in Smaland, 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.
'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 or a replacement for battered old copies of the originals. (Picture book. 6--8)' -- Kirkus '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