Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Tomtes of Hilltop Wood

We received The Tomtes of Hilltop Wood as a gift several months ago, and it quickly became one of Finn's favorite books. We always enjoy looking for tomte and gnome houses in the woods and Finn was so delighted to see the tomtes appear from the Hilltop Wood.

The children in the story learn that the workmen plan to put a road through Hilltop Wood and rush to tell the tomtes right away.

The children and tomtes work long and hard to thwart the road-building. Finn loved seeing how they would run the creek a different way, making the bridge useless or how they moved the protected bats to a different barn which stood in the workmen's way.

When winter comes and the children leave milk out for the tomte, Finn gets excited that it's "just like The Tomten".

The beautiful illustrations really capture the woods and the changing seasons beautifully. My favorite illustration is the little lighted window in the snow which captures the perfect amount of magic and imagination in the chilly wintertime scene.


  1. I have been curious about this book and I think you just convinced me. I swear I am giong to sink this boat with books.

  2. How beautiful! Thanks for introducing me to one I don't know (that's hard to do!). Off to add it to my wish list.

  3. Looks like a great book - we'll have to find it :)

  4. Hello Joy! Thank you for your comment on my blog today. I just stopped by to visit you! I love this blog- taking a peek inside a children's book. Have you ever thought of doing this as a weekly meme where other bloggers could do this as well with a favorite book and all link up here. I'd definately do it and would love seeing even more books. I will "follow" you so I can continue enjoying your book selections!! Thank you! Have a wonderful day!