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The Tomtes of Hilltop Wood
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Brenda Tyler was born in London and grew up in the New Forest in southern England and her love of trees and woodland flourished from there. She was also inspired from early childhood by Elsa Beskow's classic stories of little folk living almost unseen in the landscape. She started producing Tomte greeting cards, which led to writing The Tomtes of Hilltop Wood. She lives in York, England and is involved in the York Steiner School.

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'The best part is the clashing of the old, fairy tale forest and its little folk with the modern machinery, all painted in beautiful, fresh and atmospheric colours. The readers (children aged 4 to 7) are led into the secret and really get the feeling they are saving Hilltop Wood with the Tomtes.' --Corinna Spellerberg, Education Otherwise 'A lovely tale on why some things are always worth fighting for.' --Creative Steps 'This story makes a perfect introduction to environmental issues for young children ... There are opportunities to talk about habitats and the need to take care of the environment... A lot of the story is left to the imagination of the reader, opening up many creative possibilities and drawing upon emerging storytelling skills.' -- EYE (Early Years Educator) Magazine 'The story mixes elements of reality with an imaginary world in a powerful message. There are occasions when the environment needs to be protected. The delightful twist here is that nature gets her own way by confusing her perceived enemies. It is endearing to have two young children concerned with the conservation of a nearby wood and the story lends itself to a follow up discussion of the preservation of the environment ... Towards the end of the book, Brenda Tyler encourages children to search for the 'Tomtes', in the illustrations. This is an inspired technique and activity to employ for young readers. Children will love participating and teachers will be pleased to promote visual discrimination.' -- Armadillo

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