The Tale of the Tiny Man; Barbro Lindgren, illustrated by Eva Eriksson, translated by Julia Marshall
Originally written in Swedish and published in 1992, The Tale of the Tiny Man gets a welcome English translation thanks to Julia Marshall.
Despite being kind, no one cared much for the tiny man and this made him feel lonely. He desperately wanted a friend but no one wanted to be friends with the small man who wore an ugly hat. In a final act of desperation, the tiny man pins a note to a tree: FRIEND WANTED…and waited. Just when it looked like no one was ever going to turn up, someone did. It was not who the tiny man was expecting but it was a friend, a friend of the loyalest kind…
Featuring classic illustrations, The Tale of the Tiny Man is a sweet story about loneliness and finding the perfect friend that will resonate with readers of all ages. With its relatable and always relevant themes it opens up the door for important conversations about how people feel when they are left out, made to feel unloved and why everyone needs a friend.
Gently exploring social prejudice and discrimination, this emotional story will tug at the heartstrings. Children will easily empathise with a kind, caring and lonely man who simply wants a friend and will ride the rollercoaster of emotions with him; the sadness of being lonely, the thrill of meeting a new friend for the first time, the buzz of excitement when the friend repeatedly returns, the heartbreak at a friendship lost, the happiness of friends reunited and a friendship shared.
As the tiny man learns, there is a friend out there for everyone, you just need to find the right one. And don’t be afraid to share that friend either, the best ones will have more than enough friendship to go around.
With huge thanks to Walker Books for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 5+.