Findus and the Christmas Tomte
“In Sweden, where Findus and Pettson live, it is not Father Christmas who brings children their Christmas presents but the Yule Tomte (Jultomten). ‘The Tomte,’ as Swedes call him, is shorter and thinner than Father Christmas and is sometimes seen riding on a goat. He prefers to deliver presents right through the front door. Instead of stealing into the house at night, he comes after dinner on Christmas Eve and asks directly, ‘Are there any good children here?’” (from the book)
Snow is falling on Pettson’s farm, and Christmas is approaching. Findus, the talking cat, tells Pettson that he is excited about the Yule Tomte’s visit and gifts. “Oh dear!” thinks Pettson, “How can I explain that the Yule Tomte may not visit cats?
Findus, however, is adamant that the Yule Tomte must visit, and because Pettson does not want to disappoint Findus, he comes up with a plan to build a Yule Tomte that can move and speak and give Findus gifts—but it is going to be very difficult to keep this secret from the curious cat, and even harder to design a convincing mechanical Yule Tomte! What Pettson needs is a little bit of Christmas magic...
Findus and the Christmas Tomte is a longer Findus book for your collection, with 17 chapters over 130 pages, with Sven Nordqvist’s engaging illustrations throughout.