Tove Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finnish novelist, hugely famous for the children's literary phenomenon, the Moomin family.
But this is not a post about Moomins, this is a post about The Summer Book - one of 10 books Jansson wrote for adults.
The Summer Book is about an elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter Sophia spend a summer together on a tiny island
in the gulf of Finland exploring, talking about life, nature, everything but their feelings about Sophia's mother's death and their love
for one another.
The book is a perfect little cosmos. Behind light sentences moving depth is hidden, magic and poetry without any cheesy sentiment.
It is a beautiful, funny and wise book.
“Small animals are a great problem. I wish God had never created small animals, or else that He had made them so they could talk,
or else that He'd given them better faces. Space. Take moths. They fly at the lamp and burn themsleves, and then they fly right back
again. It can't be instinct, because it isn't the way it works. They just don't understand, so they go right on doing it. Then they lie on
their backs and all their legs quiver, and then they're dead. Did you get all that? Does it sound good?"
"Very good," Grandmother said.
Sophia stood up and shouted, "Say this: say I hate everything that dies slow! Say I hate everything that won't let you help!
Did you write that?”
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
"I still think the same way I thought as a child.
I still worry. I'm still frightened... Nothing changes."
- Maurice Sendak
* Maurice Bernard Sendak (//; June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) was an American illustrator
and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are,
first published in 1963.