Obscure Childhood favorites
A.Gawith at tarragon-et.co.uk
Tue Feb 11 13:21:04 EST 2003
> Okay, I'm going to mention a couple of childhood favourites that are
> Scandinavian and thus obscure to everyone who isn't... well, here.
> "Ronia the Robber's Daughter" by Astrid Lindgren and "Moominsummer
> by Tove Jansson
Joining the chorus of recognition...
I didn't find _Ronia the Robber's Daughter_ until recently, but as a child I
had the Pippi books, and _Karlson on the Roof_, and _The Bullerby Children_,
and... oh bother, I forget the title, a book about a boy called Emil. I
thought they were great. And I had all the Moomins books, plus a big
picture book, _Who will Comfort Toffle?_. My favourite was _Finn Family
Moomintroll_, the first one I was given. Was anybody else frightened by the
Groke? I had to turn the page very quickly if it had a picture of her on
it. And I was amazed to learn, years later, that there really was such a
thing as an ant-lion!
The only other Scandinavian authors I can think of are Inger and Lasse
Sandberg (sp?), who wrote _Johan's Year_ and _Johan at School_. Did anyone
else read those? Definitely not as well known as Jansson and Lindgren.
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