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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Gingerbread
by Maj Lindman
Age Range: Under_5
Snipp, Snapp and Snurr are triplets boys who live in Sweden. Their hair is yellow, their cheeks pink and their eyes are blue. When taking a walk they meet their neighbour who asks them what they are up to. As the boys are indecisive, the kind old lady gives them a coin to go to the bakers to buy something nice to eat. The baker is making some gingerbread in a big pot. The children, unable to see, climb up onto a chair to watch him but it tips forward and they fall in the dark brown gingerbread batter. Now they are covered from head to toe with the sticky mixture. Snipp, Snapp and Snurr make a quick getaway and run into the street, frightening an apple seller and it is not long before they have the police after them. Luckily there just happens to be a princess riding past who saves them from capture.
This gentle, light-hearted story by Swedish author Maj Lindman (1896–1972) is full of humour as it follows the misadventures of the three boys. The full-page colour illustrations throughout the book are highly evocative of the art deco style and are stunningly accomplished.
Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Gingerbread is part of a series of books written by Lindman in the 1920s and then published in English in the United States from the 1930s. Lindman also started a series of books featuring three triplet sisters, Flicka, Ricka and Dicka with similar themes. There are another six Snipp, Snapp, Snurr titles and nine in the Flicka, Ricka and Dicka series. Lindman’s books were popular with children at the time and the series continued well into the 1960s.