The Tomten and the Fox

The Tomten and the Fox by Astrid Lindgren available at American Swedish Institute.

The Tomten and the Fox

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The story is set in the countryside, as the fox slinks towards the house where the people live. They don’t notice him tiptoeing across the yard, but the house-tomte spots the fox. The hens better watch out - it’s them that the fox is craving. But the tomte is on guard, and he pacifies the hungry fox and shares the porridge that the children have left out for him. Don’t touch our hens! the tomte warns. And perhaps the fox will be satisfied with only porridge…

A little bit of Christmas drama, wonderfully recreated in Eva Eriksson’s illustrations, that spreads some magical Christmas atmosphere.


Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was born in Sweden. After college, she worked in a newspaper office and a Swedish publishing house. Her most famous and beloved book, Pippi Longstocking, was originally published in Swedish in 1950, and was later translated into many other languages. It was followed by two sequels, Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi in the South Seas. Ms. Lindgren had a long, prolific career, writing more than 100 picture books, poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. In 1958, she won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international award in children’s literature.

Astrid Lindgren. Author and advocate.