We made a short stop at Langelinje Pier to see the famed statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid. She has been passing time in the Copenhagen Harbor for over a 100 years. She looked beautiful, and a little sad, sitting on her rock.
Then we stumbled upon a statue of the Danish author himself! Right there, on the sidewalk along Hans Christian Andersen Boulevard!
You may recall that I mentioned Mr. Andersen in my post about the Nordic alphabet book D is for Dala Horse. "H is for Hans Christian Andersen..."
Which brings me to my giveaway! One lucky reader will win a bundle of three books for my Scandinavian Giveaway...
D is for Dala Horse (ages 4-8) by Kathy-jo Wargin, illustrated by Renee Graef. Go here for my post about this fun and informative Nordic alphabet book.
Per and the Dala Horse (ages 5-8) by Rebecca Hickox, illustrated by Yvonne Gilbert. With gorgeous illustrations, this imaginative book tells a Swedish version of a traditional "three brothers" folktale - complete with trolls, a magical Dala horse, and a brave boy who is trying to recover a gold communion cup that's been stolen from his church.
Lucia Morning in Sweden (ages 4 and up) by Ewa Rydaker, illustrated by Carina Stahlberg. The author invites you into her childhood home in this sweet book about St. Lucia Day, which is observed every year on December 13. The resources at the end are wonderful: you'll find the legend of Saint Lucia; recipes for Lucia buns and ginger snaps; music and lyrics for the Santa Lucia Song; and helpful patterns for the Lucia (and/or Starboy) gown.
Well, dear readers - I hope you've enjoyed my little literary blog tour of Scandinavia.
When my mom proposed the trip to my sisters and me, I didn't know I'd find such a profuse culture of children's books, especially in Sweden!
I've learned a lot as I've introduced you to (or re-acquainted you with) Pippi, Emil, and Moomintroll. There is not a lot of depth to these fun books: these modern children's stories began appearing in the mid-1940's and are more about the curiosity, humor, and fantasy of childhood than about teaching children lessons through strong characters.
I didn't really touch upon the well loved Swedish author/illustrator Elsa Beskow, who often combined reality with elements from the world of fairies. But I did see her sweet books prominently displayed in bookstores!
Contemporary Swedish authors have no fear of taking on difficult and sometimes controversial subjects for kids. (Go here.) *Read this for guidelines about how you as a parent can help your kids choose books that are in keeping with your family values - teach them to distinguish issues from virtues. Some books focus on trendy issues rather than good character development, and many have a message agenda without much of a story.
Left out completely from my blog tour (except for the very Norwegian reference to trolls in the Moomin books and Lindgren's Tomten) are children's stories from Norway. Other than the D'Aulaire's books (Ingri d'Aulaire was Norwegian) - Leif the Lucky (a Viking boy), Ola, and their book of Norse Myths - I don't really know much about Norwegian kid lit, and didn't have the occasion to come across any during my visit.
SCANDINAVIAN GIVE-AWAY STARTS TODAY!
- Please leave a comment here, with your first name and last initial to enter my Swedish Picture Book Giveaway.
- You'll have a chance to win this bundle of three outstanding picture books about Scandinavia!
- Giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, August 26, 2016.
- Stop back by my blog on Saturday, August 27, 2016, when the winner will be announced.
- Winner must provide me with their mailing address to receive the books.