The Tomten - Astrid Lindgren

The Tomten available at American Swedish Institute.

The Tomten - Astrid Lindgren

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Though no one has ever seen him, everyone knows the Tomten lives on the farm and talks to the animals.  This delightful children's book by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren has been enjoyed by generations of children. A classic.


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.