A Calf for Christmas by Astrid Lindgren


A Calf for Christmas by Astrid Lindgren

It's the last day of school before Christmas and snow is falling heavily. Johan heads to school on his sled, but he can't stop thinking about the terrible thing that happened yesterday -- his family's only cow died, and they have no money to buy another. Rich farmer Peter Jonsson has come to town today for the Christmas market. He buys a calf then, after spending some time in the local inn, loses it on the sleigh ride home! When Johan heads out to clear snow, what does he find ...? Maybe he'll have a happy Christmas after all. A charming story by acclaimed author Astrid Lindgren, set in a traditional Swedish landscape.


'The snowy illustrations contain a wealth of detail and pull the reader into a story that holds everyone's attention.' --Carousel, Christmas 2010 Supplement 'The perfect book for reading together on a cold, dark winter's night.'

'This is a charming tale with enchanting illustrations of the snow Swedish countryside. Loved it!'

'This story covers the old belief that something good can result from something bad. It is supported by beautiful watercolours of rural Swedish scenes in the Winter. Families rating: 4 out of 6.'

'A lovely story and another beautifully produced revival from Floris Books.'

'Beautifully illustrated, heart-warming but unsentimental story by the author of Pippi Longstocking.'

About the Author

Astrid Lindgren

Astrid Lindgren was born Astrid Ericsson on November 14, 1907 on a farm called Nas outside the small town of Vimmerby in Sweden. As a child, Astrid loved to read, particularly books which had girls as the heroine. She loved Anne of Green Gables and the Pollyanna books. One of her strongest recollections as a child was meeting two pilots, Captains Sonders and Madicken. One of them tried to land on the roof of her house, or that is the way it looked at the time.

After attending public school, she moved to Stockholm and married Sture Lindgren. The Lindgrens had two children. Astrid wrote her first story, Britt-Mari Opens Her Heart, in 1944. Her second book, Pippi Longstocking, which she wrote as a present for her daughter's tenth birthday, was published in 1945. She received the Raben & Sjogren's Best Children's Book prize for Pippi and became a book editor for that publisher for many years. She also received numerous other honours and awards including the International Book Award.

Astrid published more than one hundred books in her lifetime and is still the most popular children's author in Sweden. Her books have been translated into more than sixty languages. She died in 2002, aged 94.

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36 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Publication date

10th September 2010



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