Moominland Midwinter

Moomins sleep through the winter – or they did until the year Moomintroll woke up…

The Moomins are kind, philosophical creatures with velvety fur and smooth round snouts, who live in a tall blue house in a beautiful woodland valley, beside the sea. They love the sunshine and sleep all through the winter months, waking up when spring arrives. Except one year when Moomintroll accidentally awakes and finds himself stranded and alone in a mysterious world blanketed with snow. This leaves Moomintroll feeling lonely, miserable, angry and scared – the result of being forced to survive in a world to which he feels he does not belong. In Moominland Midwinter we follow Moomin as he overcomes his amazement and isolation and, with the help of the wise Too-ticky and the fearless Little My, begins to explore the glittering new landscape. 

Moominland Midwinter, represents an important shift in Tove Jansson’s approach to creating children’s stories, asserting that children could cope with the full gamut of emotions, including moments of loneliness and isolation. As a result her books have been a source of comfort and inspiration to children and adults who have found themselves coping with new and unfamiliar situations.

 

Moomins sleep through the winter – or they did until the year Moomintroll woke up…

The Moomins are kind, philosophical creatures with velvety fur and smooth round snouts, who live in a tall blue house in a beautiful woodland valley, beside the sea. They love the sunshine and sleep all through the winter months, waking up when spring arrives. Except one year when Moomintroll accidentally awakes and finds himself stranded and alone in a mysterious world blanketed with snow. This leaves Moomintroll feeling lonely, miserable, angry and scared – the result of being forced to survive in a world to which he feels he does not belong. In Moominland Midwinter we follow Moomin as he overcomes his amazement and isolation and, with the help of the wise Too-ticky and the fearless Little My, begins to explore the glittering new landscape. 

Moominland Midwinter, represents an important shift in Tove Jansson’s approach to creating children’s stories, asserting that children could cope with the full gamut of emotions, including moments of loneliness and isolation. As a result her books have been a source of comfort and inspiration to children and adults who have found themselves coping with new and unfamiliar situations.

 

info

  • Year of publication

    1957

  • Original title

    Trollvinter

  • Page count

    144

  • Original language of publication

    Swedish

Quote

“The world’s asleep,” Moomintroll thought. “It’s only I who am awake and sleepless. It’s only I who have to wander and wander, day after day and week upon week, until I too become a snowdrift that no one will even know about.”

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