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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 Tove Jansson
Age Range: 9-11
Tove Jansson’s ‘Moomin’ books have become modern-day classics. They first appeared in 1945 and continued until 1971 by which time 11 titles had been published. Jansson was Finnish but she wrote the books in Swedish and did all the illustrations herself. Puffin Books have published several titles in the Moomin series.
Disaster strikes when the volcano erupts, the earth splits and Moominvalley is flooded. Forced to leave their home, the Moomin family become the unlikely occupant of a floating theatre, and Moominpappa writes a play.
This classic series by Tove Jansson never ages and is as enjoyable today as when it was written, and the amusing antics of the Moomin family and their friends remain undiminished. Often woven into the stories and carefully disguised are little moral lessons and philosophical observations made by the characters that add authenticity.