Everybody knows that the Moomin family hibernates each winter. But this year Moomintroll has woken up midwinter. And it isn’t easy for him because Moominmamma and Moominpappa are still sleeping. Moomintroll is lost and scared, but he dared to go out where everything is white. So that’s snow, he concluded and became very mad at winter. Whoever winter is, she is really rude, he tough, because it covered everything with snow and she even made the sun go away. There was also nobody around. But Moomintroll soon stumbled upon many strange and mysterious winter creatures who became his friends and accompanied him on many winter adventures which no Moomin could even imagine before.
Tove Jansson is Scandinavia’s favourite children’s author and her Moomin novels have been translated into more than 50 languages and are considered the classics of children’s literature. Those original and funny stories about the Moomin family echo deep and complex emotions and are at the same time a reflection of Scandinavian culture and completely universal. In Moominland Midwinter (1957) Moomintroll has found himself alone in new environment, overwhelmed by feelings of confusion and not belonging. He begins to get his footing in new circumstances and realizes that we need to face many life challenges alone. This original children’s masterpiece, also loved by adults, has many layers: it subtly shows that we need to face the unknown, highlights the importance of friendship and portrays all the power and magnificence of nature which we need to respect and preserve.