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Little Trulsa's Secret
by Ester Ringner-Lundgren
Age Range: 6-8
Little Trulsa is a girl troll who lives in Troll Meadow with her family. Watching Mother Troll doing some knitting Little Troll is eager to learn the craft too so armed with some knitting needles she practises her stitches. Itís her motherís birthday in a week's time and Little Trulsa's older brother Trulle and older sister Pearl have already managed to sort out birthday presents. Little Trulsa is unhappy because she hasnít got a present yet and doesn't know what to get. Then she remembers that her mother wants a tea-cosy so she decides to try and knit one, determined to keep it secret until the big day arrives.
There are other interesting characters who feature in the story like Mrs Woolwist, who proves helpful in suggesting the perfect present and helps Little Trulsa with her knitting, quarrelsome Mrs Bitter Grey and Prrr the cat.
This is another endearing story in the 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 BŁhler, evocative of the Scandinavian tradition similar to the artwork featured in Moomin books by Tove Jansson, and a perfect match with the simplicity of Ringner-Lundgrenís 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 (1965), Little Trulsa's Tea Party (1966) and Little Trulsa's Birthday (1968).