….. and soon I will have to think of Christmas gifts….. and of what to give the various members of my family.
Personally, I love book gifts (spiritual food)….. here is a cute little tale for the youngest members of the family:
The tale of the tiny cute pig
Author: Peter Nordahl
Illustrated by: Rasmus Bregnhøi
This is a story of a little pig with the urge to explore. Eventhough it is safe and cozy in the pigsty, the little pig thinks that it could be exciting to see what is inside the forest (even if the cock warns him about the wicked wolf)…… the little pig just has to look at the rest of the world, and therefore he sneaks out under the fence.
First he meets a hare, and they pick anemones together. Then he meets a mouse, and finally - after it gets dark, and the little pig should have gone home - he finds the wolf’s house. Here burns a nice chimney fire and it is very cozy. The wolf has trophies hanging from old animals that have settled here and has asked the wolf to tan their skins and hang them up after death. Actually, the wolf is a very nice guy who invites the pig to eat soup. It could have gone very wrong, but fortunately the cock grasped suspicion when the pig doesn’t come home before dark, so it attacks the wolf - the end of the story is; the little pig runs home to his mother and the comfortable surroundings in the pigsty…… and the cock….. it survives to.
Rasmus Bregnhøi, must be one of our country’s most prolific children’s book illustrators….. and he has portrayed the characters in the best idyllic Pooh style, with lots of flowers, butterflies and other ‘It was so lovely out in the country…..’ accessories.
It’s a cute story, in the best adventure style: Out and back home. And the writing style makes sure that it does not get too syrupy….. for example, the piglet’s mother is a big sow (but I guess the slightly ironic dimension with Disney impulses, is possibly a greater enjoyment for adults than for kids).
I love this book.