This time of year is very special for me, as I think it is for many. No matter your background, there is just something magical in the air. It's a time for family, warm fires, mugs filled with hot tea, and lots of good stories. In grade school during this time of year we would start each week by heading to the gym. Not for games, but for a story. The lights would be turned off, with nothing but candle light to see by, and part of a story would be told by one of the teachers. The sense of wonder and magic was so strong, it still gives me goosebumps today.
My Parents would also tell stories in the same way, but nightly. Stories like the Yule Tomte and the Little Rabbits by Ulf Stark and Eva Eriksson. If I were to use one word to describe this gem of a book it would be, enchanting.
The story centers around a Yule Tomte named Grump, and for good reason. As the book so frankly states, "Real Tomtes are like that. They are small and quick and grumpy and they are always dressed in gray, apart from a pointy red hat. You hardly ever see them." Grump is an endearing character, steadfast and happy with his cantankerous self. Until one day when a wind storm steals his hat and he decides to give up his post as a Yule Tomte.
Of course, that's just when the story gets good. Adventures ensue that bring together an entire forest of wonderful creatures...
... with lots of seasonal magic thrown in for good measure.
Filled with beautifully drawn illustrations, sharp and witty text, and plenty of wonder, the Yule Tomte and the Little Rabbits is wonderful way to celebrate the season.
Which is why we think one of you lovely readers should have a copy! Good Luck Everyone!
To enter to win a copy of The Yule Tomte and the Little Rabbits, simply leave a comment on this post by 8am MST Thursday December 11th. The winner will be chosen by random number and announced later that day.
Good Luck Everyone!
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