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Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), was born in 1914 in Helingsfors, Finland. Her mother was a charicaturist and the designer of many of Finland’s stamps, and her father was a sculptor. Tove studied painting in Finland, Sweden and France and later worked as a book illustrator, a designer and strip cartoonist, as well as being involved in theatre décor and making frescoes in public places. She drew her first Moomin in the 1930s, just for fun, to tease her little brother by drawing the ugliest creature she could think of. Moomin developed a nicer snout and character and in 1939 he became a character in a children’s story. The Finn Family Moomingtroll has been a hugely successful book, translated into many languages – many other Moomin stories followed.
In 1966 Tove Jansson was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal – an international award for the best children’s book of the year.
Most of the books were written on a small island in the Gulf of Finland where Tove, her mother and brother were the only inhabitants. Later Tove continued to live alone on the island - It takes an hour to row to the nearest island. Some years ago she wrote of the island:
‘It is so small you can walk around it in ten minutes. It is shaped like an atoll and surrounds a deep lake which in good weather makes a fine swimming pool, but in bad weather turns into a raging torrent surrounded by waterfalls. Then our boat has to be pulled right up to the house and tied to the veranda. We only have one tree, a rowan, which bloomed for the first time last summer. But we plant wild roses in the crevices, and potatoes. And we fish. We use rainwater for our coffee and driftwood for our fires. My favourite weather is fog, when the island seems to be afloat at the very end of the world in perfect silence and solitude. Only rarely does one hear the foghorns from the open sea where big ships go by for foreign countries.’
In this very special, beautiful and challenging environment Tove’s imagination and artistic talent flourished.
'I decided to run away. There simply wasn't anything else to do.' Here at last is Moominpappa's promised life story - from the days when he was abandoned in a newspaper parcel on the doorstep of a Moomin orphanage, to when he ran away to see the world and was lucky enough to meet Moominmamma. Click on 'Download Extract' for a brief taster or CLICK HERE for a longer extract from this book.
January 2011 Guest Editor Jenny Downham: "I wish I’d written every single one of Tove Jansson’s Moomin series, but forced to choose I’ll pick number five, Moominland Midwinter, because it’s darker and more introspective than the earlier books, with just a hint of delicious danger. This is a hilarious and tender tale that you will never grow out of. Tove Jansson is a genius and believe me, this book is proof!" Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday on the Moomin books: "A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference."
Best-loved Moomintroll wakes up excitedly on his birthday but, when he tries to show all his friends his wonderful present, they just don’t seem to be interested…Poor Moomin! But, when there is a ring at the door, Moomin finds that his friends haven’t forgotten him after all! A wonderful picture book that introduces the world famous Moomins to young readers. Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday on the Moomin books: "A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference."
One Moomin, two trees… this wonderful counting board book in the most gorgeous colours shows Moomin enjoying and counting flowers, butterflies and then… stars! A real treat. Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday on the Moomin books: "A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference."
May 2010 Guest Editor Philip Ardagh says of this book: What can I say? In early May, I'll be one of a number of guests of the Finnish Embassy and Puffin books celebrating 65 years of the remarkable Moomin books, written and illustrated by the late, great Finnish artist/illustrator/author Tove Jansson. How important are Moomin books to me as a reader, writer and (alleged) human being? When Jansson died, I dedicated the book I was writing at the time to her memory. The fact that the Finnish publisher of my Eddie Dickens trilogy was her original publisher means more than I can say. (Proud, or what?) Moomin books are like nothing else I'd ever read. I couldn't wait to spend my birthday-present book tokens on them. Sure, they contain charm and quirkiness, but this is coupled with insight and wisdom rare in any books, children's or otherwise. They are unique. If I had to chose a favourite, it would be Comet in Moominland. Choosing a favourite character is even harder. Little My? Snufkin? Sniff? If you haven't yet experienced the Moomin valley, I urge you visit it as soon as possible.
Although they're small, fat and shy creatures, Moomins have the most amazing adventures. It all begins when Moominpappa tries on a magic hat that makes exciting and funny things happen. Katy Guest, literary editor for The Independent on Sunday on the Moomin books: "A fantasy series for small children that introduces bigger ones to ideas of adventure, dealing with fear, understanding character and tolerating difference."
Mumi-trollyam uzhe dovodilos' pereezzhat', a Mumi-papa - tot voobshche velikij puteshestvennik. Vot i sejchas, k koncu leta, Mumi-papa reshil, chto razmerennaya zhizn' v Doline - ne dlya ego myatezhnoj dushi. Ego prizvanie - zhit' na ostrove s mayakom, sred' bushuyushchego morya, i ukazyvat' put' korablyam. Cemejstvo otpravlyaetsya v put'. Mayak na pervyj vzglyad kazhetsya dovol'no skuchnym i neuyutnym mestom. Odnako ehto tol'ko na pervyj vzglyad. Ved' Mumi-mama sumeet sdelat' uyutnym dazhe golyj utes, a tajn, opasnostej i bushuyushchego morya semejstvu hvatit nadolgo!
The perfect introduction to the wonderful world of the Moomins. Join Moomintroll for his busy day, from collecting treasures with Sniff, to listening to Moominpapa's stories of the sea. Every day is a new adventure in Moominvalley. A gentle, engaging story in a board book shaped just like Moomintroll.
Ein Gastehaus in Florida, eine Handvoll Rentner am Ziel ihres Lebens und in Erwartung des Unausweichlichen, demgegenuber zwei junge, schone Liebende. Ein Fundus an kraftig skizzierten Charakteren, uberzeugend, skurril, lebensnah, jeder ein faszinierendes Original. Treffsicher und humorvoll, mit der ihr eigenen feinen Beobachtungsgabe erforscht Tove Jansson das Phnomen des Alterns. Das Resultat ist ein literarisches Juwel zu einem zeitlos aktuellen Thema, dessen Wert kaum berschtzt werden kann. St. Petersburg ist eine jener Sun Cities in Florida, in denen Rentner den Traum ihrer letzten Lebensjahre realisieren. Ein unwirklicher Ort, an dem wie in einem Wartezimmer Fremde auf Fremde treffen, unterschiedliche Gewohnheiten aufeinanderprallen, Irritation und Gelassenheit einander ablsen, und Lebenslufe, die sich niemals berschnitten haben, stetig und nebeneinanderher ihrem Ende entgegengleiten. Schonungslos - nichts beschnigend, nichts verschweigend - taucht Tove Jansson in die Gedankenwelt ihrer Figuren ein. Aber ihr liebevolles Verstndnis fr ihre schrulligen Helden ist so verlsslich wie die Sonne in Florida.
Moominpappa yearns to make a fresh start, to find a rocky island and lighthouse where he'll feel alert and important again. And so the Moomins set sail for a new home. Moominpappa's longed-for-island proves as mysterious and wild and he'd hoped. It even has a deserted lighthouse. But how is Moominmamma to grow her flowers and what could have happened to the last keeper of the lighthouse?
When a grumbling volcano causes Moominvalley to flood, the Moomins escape by boat, finding refuge on a floating theatre. Adventures abound when the theatre casts adrift leaving Moomin,The Snorkmaiden and Little My marooned. Will they all be reunited before the final curtain?
Odnazhdy v samuyu letnyuyu zharu Mumi-papa umudrilsya prostudit'sya. Nikogda ne znaesh', chem mozhet zakonchit'sya prostuda - osobenno, esli prostuzhaesh'sya vpervye. Poehtomu luchshe zaranee pozabotit'sya o tom, chtoby ty ostalsya v pamyati gryadushchih pokolenij. Ved', esli rech' idet o Mumi-pape, v ego biografii polnym-polno neveroyatnyh proisshestvij, groznyh opasnostej, tragicheskih povorotov i geroicheskih deyanij. A vy chto dumali? Do togo kak sdelat'sya pochtennym otcom semejstva Mumi-papa byl iskatelem priklyuchenij i borozdil rechnye i morskie volny na korable s poehtichnym nazvaniem "e;Morzkoj orkestor"e;. Obo vsem ehtom potomki (a vmeste s nimi i vy) odnazhdy prochtut v memuarah, kotorye Mumi-papa nachal pisat', edva opravivshis' ot prostudy... Kniga, kotoruyu vy derzhite v rukah, - nastoyashchee sobytie. Vpervye za dolgie gody ves' cikl o mumi-trollyah zanovo perevedyon na russkij yazyk! Tem, kto uzhe znakom s obitatelyami Mumi-doliny, budet lyubopytno po-novomu vzglyanut' na ih priklyucheniya. A tem, komu pervaya vstrecha so skazochnym mirom Tuve YAnsson tol'ko predstoit, mozhno lish' po-horoshemu pozavidovat'!
Zimoj mir stanovitsya drugim - belym, nepodvizhnym, holodnym. Krugom sugroby i lyod, a tam, gde rosli yabloki, teper' rastyot sneg. Tol'ko vsego ehtogo Mumi-trollyu znat' ne polagaetsya. Potomu chto s noyabrya po aprel' vse poryadochnye mumi-trolli spyat i vidyat sny. No tak uzh vyshlo, chto ehtoj zimoj Mumi-troll' prosnulsya i ne smog obratno zasnut'. Ponachalu zimnij mir pokazalsya emu chuzhim i dazhe kakim-to nepravil'nym. No Mumi-troll' uvidel sneg, poznakomilsya s Tuu-tikki, kotoraya poselilas' v papinoj kupal'ne, povstrechal Ledyanuyu Damu, pokatalsya s gorki i dazhe pobyval v samom serdce snezhnoj buri. I vot udivitel'no: zimnij mir okazalsya nichut' ne huzhe letnego. Mumi-troll' stal pervym mumi-trollem, kotoryj prozhil po-nastoyashchemu celyj god. Hotya by radi ehtogo stoilo prosnut'sya posredi zimy!Kniga, kotoruyu vy derzhite v rukah, - nastoyashchee sobytie. Vpervye za dolgie gody ves' cikl o mumi-trollyah zanovo perevedyon na russkij yazyk! Tem, kto uzhe znakom s obitatelyami Mumi-doliny, budet lyubopytno po-novomu vzglyanut' na ih priklyucheniya. A tem, komu pervaya vstrecha so skazochnym mirom Tuve YAnsson tol'ko predstoit, mozhno lish' po-horoshemu pozavidovat'!
Vsyu zimu Mumi-troll', kak izvestno, provodit v spyachke - i ehtim on nichem ne otlichaetsya ot lyubogo drugogo mumi-trollya. Zato vesnoj, prosnuvshis', on ochen' dazhe ne proch' predprinyat' chto-nibud' neobychnoe. Naprimer, podnyat'sya na goru v kompanii svoih druzej Snusmumrika i Sniffa i obnaruzhit' na vershine zabytyj kem-to chyornyj cilindr. I, okazyvaetsya, ehto ne prosto krasivaya shlyapa, a shlyapa, umeyushchaya tvorit' chudesa! S eyo pomoshch'yu mozhno pobedit' Murav'inogo L'va i pokatat'sya na simpatichnyh tuchkah, no est' odna beda: nikogda ne znaesh', chto shlyapa vykinet v sleduyushchij raz. Mozhet byt', stoit ot neyo izbavit'sya? No, kak vyyasnilos', i ehto ne tak-to prosto. A glavnoe volshebstvo nachnyotsya, kogda v Mumi-dolinu yavitsya nastoyashchij hozyain shlyapy... Kniga, kotoruyu vy derzhite v rukah, - nastoyashchee sobytie. Vpervye za dolgie gody ves' cikl o mumi-trollyah zanovo perevedyon na russkij yazyk! Tem, kto uzhe znakom s obitatelyami Mumi-doliny, budet lyubopytno po-novomu vzglyanut' na ih priklyucheniya. A tem, komu pervaya vstrecha so skazochnym mirom Tuve YAnsson tol'ko predstoit, mozhno lish' po-horoshemu pozavidovat'!
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