Tales from Moominvalley written and illustrated by Tove Jansson ; Translated by Thomas Warburton
New York : Henry Z. Walck, 1964. First American edition, first printing with date on title page matches the copyright date. Hardcover. 175 pages ; illustrated ; 22 cm. $3.75 with minimal wear. Pink cover boards with gilt title at spine. Storage odor within pages. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.
TALES FROM MOOMINVALLEY
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IN MOOM IN VALLEY, events seem to take surprising turns. (A small dragon is captured in the brown pond to the right of the hammock tree; a hemulen falls into the attic while the Moonmis are hibernating.) But the solid citizens living in that part of the world are always able to cope, with verve and equanimity, in the most unusual situations.
There are nine stories here of the inhabitants' unforgettable adventures. One begins as the steadfast Moomin family -Moominpappa, Moominmamma, Moomintroll and Little My —are peacefully picking over the day's mushroom harvest. Then Too-ticky arrives with the invisible child, and it is up to the Moomins to make her visible again.
Another story concerns the hemulens, a great lot of rollicking talkative characters who go about slapping each others' backs and bursting into gigantic laughs. The problem is that one of the hemulens wants a bit of quiet once in a while, which isn't asking a great deal — or is that what he reallv wants, after all?
Many more captivating creatures inhabit Moominvalley, Some of them are old friends from Moominland Midwinter and Moominsummer Madness; some — a near-canine named Cedric, the Fillyjonk relations, and others — are brand new creations from the whimsical pen of Tove Jansson.
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