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A Christmas When I Was Little/En jul i Småland för länge sen

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A Christmas When I Was Little/En jul i Småland för länge sen

To me, Christmas eve is a strange day. You just walk around waiting all day long. Gunnar and I sneaked into the living room and squeezed the parcels in the laundry basket, where all the Christmas gifts were lying.

This is the story of a Christmas long ago – to be more precise in the year 1913, when Astrid Lindgren was only six years old. She tells about the magic, the expectations and all the fun she had. The text has been published in the collection of stories A Christmas when I was a Child (Rabén & Sjögren 1993). Now it is published as a picture book for the first time, with illustrations by the well known illustrator Cecilia Heikkilä.

Astrid Lindgren


Sweden’s most beloved children’s author Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002) is also considered to be one of the most important writers for children throughout the world. Her work has been translated into more than 100 languages, and shortly after her death the Swedish government inaugurated the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) to recognise outstanding international achievement in…

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Cecilia Heikkilä


Cecilia Heikkilä, born 1984, is an author and illustrator of children’s books whose work is greatly characterized by her love for animals and nature. Apart from writing her own stories, she has also illustrated the works of several authorships such as Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson, and worked with companies such as Spotify, IKEA and…

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