Back in the mid 1960’s my Uncle James up’d sticks and went to live in Stockholm. The pictures are super cool, an excess of teak room dividers, marimekko fabrics and the kind of Volvo’s with the go faster back Id love to drive (and no doubt there is a Moomin over from Finland making coffee in the kitchen). And we love the book he bought to learn the language which recently we’ve been using for inspiration.

Published in 1959 the drawings are by Per Silfverhjelm and we were hard pressed to choose just a small number for this post (its made more difficult by the paper being super-thin so we’ve had to discard some we really love as the text and illustrations print though from the previous page).

They are very much of their era but in a way that is  fresh and fun………… and en alg is definitely a guy to have around, we have decided he looks like he’d enjoy a few beers with the bears from TheBigForest grooving to 60’s swedish jazz.

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  1. Oh this is brilliant!! Makes me miss Sweden tho..

    • Fantastic country. We once did a wonderful drive through the pine forests from Stockholm and spent the whole time oo-ing and ah-ing at the falun red cottages and deciding which one we would – in our imagination – move in to TheBigForest as our hut!

  2. Those illustrations are great; and as all good things do … are I think somewhat coming back into fashion.

  3. Maggie

    This is brilliant! And a good story, too; did Uncle James stay in Stockholm for the rest of his life?

    • No he came back (I think a lady friend was involved!). However I recall conversations when I was a child between my Mum – a german speaker – and Uncle James compairing the relative gramatical constructions and vocabulary between the two languages. Yes one half of TheBigForest has an odd family. Come to think of it we both do, in the best way possible!

  4. Min man taller du Svensk. I had to smile, I am married into a Swedish speaking family.

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