My mom grew up on Maj Lindman’s books, I remember her telling me about Flicka, Ricka, Dicka. It was first published in 1941. It’s the story of Swedish Triplets and their adventures. Recently, my children and I had the opportunity to step back in time and enjoy the treasure of a story my mom would have read as a young girl, Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New Skates.
The story reminded me of the Dick and Jane series (also my mother’s generation and one of my childhood favorites). The Divine Miss M really loved the story and getting to catch a glimpse of her grandmother at her age. We read this story together several times and everyone was on the edge of their seats in suspense when the boy didn’t obey and ventured too far out onto the ice.
The book is about 25 pages long, each with very large type and 1950 illustrations. One side of the book is the story, while the other side brings the story to life with a full page, color illustration.
I love that it captures a time when there was perhaps one gift under the tree and how delighted children were to receive. It is a great message.
About the Book:
Early one Christmas morning in Sweden, Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka opened their eyes. Soon they would have their Christmas gifts! For the first time in over thirty years, this classic holiday tale returns, in a deluxe hardcover edition. Longtime fans of the series will delight in revisiting the story, and new readers will find fun and excitement as the girls must save their friend Bertie after an ice-skating disaster.
The Divine Miss M enjoys this story on her own, but delights in having it nearly memorized so she can use the paper dolls from the back of the book, to recreate and retell the story in her own way. The paper dolls are a great addition and remind me so much of the ones my mom use to draw for me to play with when I was small.
About the Author
Maj Lindman (Mrs. Maj Lindman Hulten) lived in Stockholm, Sweden (1886-1972). She attended the Royal Academy of Arts in Stockholm, and also studied art in Paris, France. She wrote and illustrated numerous children’s books, but she is best known for her delightful tales of triplet girls Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka and their boy counterparts, Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr.
*I received Flicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New Skates in order to facilitate an honest review. The opinions, where expressed, are my own and were in no way influenced by the sponsor. Others experiences may vary.