Too-wit, too-woo, too-who?

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FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

Original title: Huhuu – kuka siellä?

Author: Hannele Huovi

Published: 2010

Publisher: Tammi

Genre: Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Pages: 32

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A merry fable about a little Too-wit Egg’s adventures in Too-wit Woods and on the Too-wit Mountain with heart-warming illustrations by Kristiina Louhi.

When the morning sun peeped into the Too-wits’ nest, Mother Too-wit felt she might be ready to lay an egg. She settled in the downy nest, watched the clouds drifting in the sky and rolled out an egg. The egg had jaunty spots, it was smooth as silk and altogether perfect. Mother Too-wit tapped the egg lightly and warbled, as she was wont to warble to her eggs, ‘Too-wit, too-woo, too-who?’

The next thing she knew, the egg started quivering and shivering, shifting and swaying, bouncing and bounding – and finally it sprang out of the nest. ‘Help!’ Mother Too-wit cried. ‘It’s on the run!’

Hannele Huovi

Hannele Huovi (born 1949) is an acclaimed Finnish author who wrote her first children’s radio play while studying for her university degree. In addition to being known as a versatile creator of children’s and juvenile literature, she also writes poetry and prose for adults.

Huovi has received several awards and nominations for her work; among these is the Topelius Prize for the best Finnish youth novel in 2002 (for The Feather Chain), a Finlandia Junior nomination in 2011 (for The Giant Girl and her Tiny Friend), and a nomination for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

During her career Hannele Huovi has collaborated with a variety of illustrators and artists, namely with Kristiina Louhi (Jättityttö ja Pirhonen) and Jukka Lemmetty (Urpo ja Turpo). Hannele Huovi is also an accomplished translator into the Finnish language, having translated more than 50 children’s books.


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