A Calf for Christmas

Astrid Lindgren

Illustrated by Marit Törnqvist



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)

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