A TRAVELING PROPHET MAY HOLD THE KEY TO HAPPINESS, BUT DO THE MOOMINS REALLY NEED IT?
When a charismatic prophet comes to town, the residents of Moominvalley are easily convinced to follow his doctrine for true happiness. Intrigued by their friends and neighbors’ lifestyle changes, the impressionable Moomins find themselves attempting to adopt the teachings of their new spiritual leader. But the freer they get, the more miserable they feel. Moominvalley’s state of divine chaos is further complicated by the prophet’s well-intentioned decree to free all of the jail’s inmates. Moomin Begins a New Life is an eccentric all-ages adventure from the acclaimed Finnish cartoonist Tove Jansson that explores the appeal of self-transformation and the pursuit of happiness.
Praise for Moomin Begins a New Life
To know the Moomins was to know Tove [Jansson]. She poured her wit, dreams and fears into the characters.
We might recommend for 6 or 7 years and up, but it varies largely. The interpersonal and social tensions in the themes are played out and resolved in a medium that we find approachable even for young children, and our children took a keen interest already at ~4 years old in the Moomin stories, although we wouldn't normally recommend them so early, as some of the content might be a bit mature, but we paraphrased the odd bit when they were young. The Moomin stories hold a fond place in many families' hearts for their enjoyment for the whole family.
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