It’s the middle of spring in Japan but in northern Lapland, snow has finally started melting. You can find a little sign of growing plants and flowers on the ground, which was covered by snow for many months. Tonttu Matti is having fun on drifting ice. It looks quite adventurous, though. End of winter means no more aurora borealis, either.We have to wait until this autumn.
Tonttu Milla and Her Friends
This is a story of the tonttu who live in the farthest northern part of Finland. Tonttu Milla is the smallest tonttu. She has many friends, tonttus and animals.
It’s away after lunch, Tonttu Milla has not come to eat lunch. Her big brother, Tonttu Matti is getting worried. So he goes to find her. Where is Tonttu Milla?
This book has AR functions. Install the free app ‘mamacacaroronpa’ (Apple App Store or Google Play), then you can enjoy all kinds of AR experiences such as some characters will pop up from certain pages including the cover pages and all the text recording in English, Finnish and Japanese. Finnish and Japanese are read by the authors respectively.
Who are the tonttus?
The tonttus are Santa Claus’s helpers. They all live on Mt. Korvatunturi, in Lapland in northern Finland with Santa Claus. They are many families among the tonttu community and they help each other every day. Their biggest task of the year is to help everything for Santa Claus to deliver presents to every child in the whole world on Christmas Day. Some tonttus read children’s letters to Santa Claus to make a long list of their wishes, some prepare for all kinds of toys, even some go out to check if children are doing good or not when Christmas comes near. Of course, tonttus pile up the presents in the sleigh and take a good care of reindeers, too. It is such a huge task and it requires all the tonttus’ hard works and corporations throughout the year.
Height: about 15cm
Wear red pointed hat
Born with a magic spoon
Respect Santa Claus
Help Santa Claus
Invisible but stay everywhere
Protect children all the time
Enjoy the nature
The smallest tonttu in the village, loves singing.
Loves every child in the world. His happiness is to see children’s smiles. If a child is happy, he is happier.
Milla’s big brother. Cares about Milla a lot. Excellent cook.
Full of curiosity. Good leader and organizer.
Meow Meow, the Cat
Has his own ways and manners. Quite talkative and nosy. He takes a nap quite often.
Petan, the Owl
Knowledgeable. Overseeing and observing what is going on Mr. Korvatunturi.
Marimpa, the Rabbit
Reliable and trustworthy. Always gives Milla a ride on the back when necessary.
Toto, the Mole
Speaks fast and constantly busy moving underground.
Every tonttu is born with a magic spoon. It can make things happen when you wish hard from the bottom of your heart to help others.
Tonttu Milla’s Theme
music composed by ©︎Matti Kallio,2017.
Illustrator and writers
Photo: Marcos Katz
Picture book writer, illustrator. Received Kylli Koski Award in 2010.
Lives in Helsinki, Finland. ‘One of her representative picture books is ‘Pikku Papu’ series, which enjoy a great reputation among the children in Finland. Related concerts and workshops are held as well. ‘Tonttu Milla and Her Friends’ has a support from Finnish Illustration Association.
Message from Liisa
Hi, I am Liisa Kallio. I made this book with Hiroko. I hope you like the pictures. Greeting from Finland.
Producer of cultural events, international art exhibitions. Last 30 years, has organized many cultural projects between Finland and Japan. Engaged in cross-cultural education as well. Published quite a few books and translated books. The motto is ‘Individuality is valued. Diversity in society is important. Don’t be afraid of being different from others. But be aware that everything and everyone is intertwined.’
Message from Hiroko
Hello! I am Hiroko Sakomura. I hope you’ll become a good friend of Tonttu Milla.