Tales from Other Lands

Hairy Hettie

The Highland Cow who needs a haircut!

Jo Allan

Softbound

$11.95

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Hettie the Highland cow has lots of hair to keep her warm and cosy. But other animals want to be cosy, too... In springtime, two blackbirds stop by and build their nest in Hettie's hair. She's a cow not a hedge!

In summertime, butterflies lay their eggs in Hettie's fur, and they grow into wriggling caterpillars.

In autumn, a squirrel burrows into her fur to hibernate.

And in winter, a mountain hare hops aboard, too! Poor Hettie. She's a cow, not a hairy hotel! Maybe it’s time for a haircut...

Charming and warm for ages 3-6.

Goran's Great Escape

Astrid Lindgren

Hardbound

Delightfully illustrated by Marit Törnqvist

$17.95

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It’s a beautiful, sunny Easter Sunday in Sweden. The farmer and his family are having breakfast before going to church and the farm workers are going about their daily chores. But Goran the bull is angry. He breaks loose from his stall, and charges down the barn and out into the yard.

People gather from miles around to see the raging bull. But who will dare to cross Goran’s path? Will he stay angry forever? Karl, a seven-year-old farm boy, has a plan. Can a very small boy tame a very big bull?

A delightful story by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren. The exquisitely detailed illustrations of wooden houses, farming families in their Sunday best and groves of white birch trees give a vivid sense of springtime on a Swedish farm of long ago.

(Ages 4–7)

A Calf for Christmas

Astrid Lindgren

Illustrated by Marit Törnqvist

Hardbound

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A Calf for Christmas

Astrid Lindgren's story is so dear it brings tears to my eyes.  The people in it are so real and there is such heart in the story; truly, this is a tale for Christmas.

It’s the last day of school before Christmas and snow is falling heavily. Johan heads to school on his sled, but he can’t stop thinking about the terrible thing that happened yesterday—his family’s only cow died, and they have no money to buy another.

The rich farmer Peter Jonsson has come to town today for the Christmas market. He buys a calf then, after spending some time in the local pub, loses it on the sleigh ride home! When Johan heads out to clear snow, what does he find?... Maybe he’ll have a happy Christmas after all.

(Ages 4–7)

The Tomten

Adapted by Astrid Lindgren

Illustrated by Harald Wiberg

Hardbound

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The Tomten is quite simply one of the best children's stories ever written. Years ago, we read this book (and it's companion, The Tomten and the Fox) to our children over and over. All of us loved it and the warmhearted magical little fellow who watches over the old farm while the people sleep. Tomtens are Swedish elemental beings who care for farms at night - and our children discovered that they also care for homes at night. When winter came with its snows, all our children started watching for Tomten tracks. Sure enough, the Tomten always came around each night! [It's amazing how much Tomten tracks look like cat and raccoon prints . . . ]

The Tomten warmed our hearts and gladdened our lives for many years - I'm sure he'll do the same for you! Ages 3-8 - and all adults!

Here is a lonely old farm where everyone is sleeping. All but one . . .

The Tomten is awake. He lives in a corner of the hayloft and comes out at night when human beings are asleep. He is an old, old Tomten who has seen the snow of many hundreds of winters. No one knows when he came to the farm. No one has ever seen him, but they know he is there. Sometimes when they wake up they see the prints of his feet in the snow. But no one has seen the Tomten.

- from The Tomten