Midwinter holidays offer children’s book authors, illustrators, and publishers many opportunities to share wonderful traditions from around the world. This year, KidLitTV shared a dozen or so new and traditionally favorite stories in their first Holiday Special (which, host Rocco Staino promises, will itself become a tradition). First up was Floris Books’ delightful new The Yule Tomte and the Little Rabbits (author Ulf Stark, illustrator Eva Eriksson; translated by Susan Beard), itself a smorgasbord of traditions to discover and repeat.
First, what’s a tomte? Floris Publishing is Scottish. But, the tomte is…Swedish. Tomtes, Floris explains in their own blog, are akin to little gnomes and make their homes in the woods and in Scandinavian mythology.
Yuletide traditions are abundant in both Scandinavian and British cultures. One such tradition that has made its way into many North American homes is that of the Advent calendar. And, in a nod to that anticipatory time-keeping, this picture book is told in 25 short chapters. Now there’s another tradition in the making: a chapter a night from December 1.
Thanks Floris, for sharing this delightful holiday story, and thank you Luann Toth (managing Editor of School Library Journal Reviews), for sharing it with KidLitTV fans!