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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)
by Ester Ringner-Lundgren
Age Range: 6-8
Little Trulsa is a little troll girl with a round face, big kind brown eyes, a funny little snub nose, a happy mouth, hair the colour of straw divided into bunches, each one tied with a colourful bow and a plain brown dress that reaches her toes. Little Trulsa lives in Troll Meadow with her mother, father, sister Pearl and brother Trulle.
Mother Troll asks Trulsa to go to Mrs Bumblebee Troll to purchase a jar of honey and to Mrs Wooltwist to purchase some wool. On her way, Little Trulsa meets a cat called Prrr. He is as yellow as a canary with green tassels on his ears and a tiny green tip on his tail which he ties in a knot when he needs to remember something. Prrr is looking for a new home and Little Trusla invites him to come and live with her, but first, she must finish the shopping. On their way, they meet Mrs Bitter Gray, a quarrelsome old woman who believes she knows better than everyone else. When Mrs Bitter Grey sees Little Trulsa's basket she decides to play a trick on her by hiding it. Little Trulsa still needs to finish the shopping so she must somehow retrieve her basket.
Little Trulsa is the first title in the series of ‘Little Trulsa’ books by Swedish author Ester Ringner-Lundgren (1907-1993) about a world inhabited by trolls and anthropomorphic animals. The delightful well-defined characters are endearing and further enhanced by the appealing delicate and expressive black and white illustrations by May Bühler and are a perfect match with the simplicity of Ringner-Lundgren’s text.
Written between 1961 and 1975 the series included 24 titles and they were used as a teaching aid in Swedish primary schools during the 1960s and 70s. Other titles featured on the website are: Little Trulsa's Tea Party (1966), Little Trulsa's Secret (1967) and Little Trulsa's Birthday (1968)