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diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Findus at Christmas
by Sven Nordqvist
Age Range: 6-8
As Christmas approaches Farmer Pettson and Findus, (his talking cat in the green stripy dungarees) still have lots of preparation to do. Whilst out collecting fir branches in the wood disaster strikes when Farmer Pettson falls and sprains his ankle. How can they possibly celebrate Christmas now? They have no tree, no ham or meatballs and even worse, no gingerbread!
Findus tries to be helpful; he washes the kitchen floor using the scrubbing brush as his surfboard and whizzes round the kitchen which eventually begins to resemble a swimming pool. When they realise that Pettson’s ankle is not any better they both feel utterly miserable and Findus is so agitated that he stuffs carrots in the Christmas tree stand! Just when they are close to giving up there is a surprise knock at the door.
Another wonderful Findus tale displaying kindness and sharing and how Christmas can bring out the best in people. This is one of a series of nine books about Pettson and Findus by award-winning Swedish author and illustrator Sven Nordqvist.