Christmas Folk Characters
Astrid Lindgren introduced us to the Scandinavian tomten with
her books The Tomten and The Tomten and the Fox, and
lately Jan Brett with her book Hedgie's Surprise.
Melissa Peterson also includes a tomten in her book
Jan Brett's News Notes: http://www.janbrett.com/newsnotes/hedgies_surprise_newsnotes.htm
The Tomten Page http://members.tripod.com/~auntida/tomte.html
Elfs, N'cken, Tomten, Vittran, and Huldran http://www.lysator.liu.se/nordic/scn/faq247.html
Jenny Nystrom's illustrations of the tomten: http://www.kalmarlansmuseum.se/cafe/jenny/katalog.pdf (This site is in Swedish, but if you scroll down, the
catalogue contains many images of tomtens that could be used
for visual research or reports.) Trolls-
Jan Brett has made the troll, a being who is
SOOOO ugly that he is BEAUTIFUL!, popular again in her
books - Christmas Trolls and Trouble with Trolls. If you
students are fascinated with these little creatures, here are
some sites to extend their learning.
the Trolls Think Quest http://www.thinkquest.org/library/site_sum.html?tname=12924&url=12924/nr1.htm Quiz, stories, and Norwegian culture.
Troll Moon http://users.skynet.be/fa023784/ Wonderful illustrations
and ideas for stories
Troll Collector's Corner http://www.trollshop.net/trolls/ For the serious trollster!
What are Trolls? http://nv.essortment.com/whataretroll_rxyn.htm A succinct
Troll Illustrations http://www.lysator.liu.se/nordic/ill/titta/troll.html Wonderful in their uniqueness.
Field Guide to Trolls in North America http://www.trolls.com/guidetable.htm A one page summary.
Jan Brett's Piggyback Page for Trouble with Trolls http://www.janbrett.com/piggybacks/piggybacks_trouble_with_trolls.htm
Jan Brett's Troll Pencil Topper http://www.janbrett.com/make_a_pencil_topper.htm
How to Make Trolls' Clothing http://www.ehow.com/how_9673_make-felt-clothing.html - If
you are creating your own trolls!
Trollforest http://www.trollforest.com/ An amateurish site, but it
does give good examples of how students can create their own
troll stories. Elves
- This was so hard to research! You either get
the Dark side, or the ELF movie... but these sites are
- Definition of Elves
Commonly Asked Questions About Elves http://petcaretips.net/santa-claus-elf-questions.html
Elves - A Short History by National Geographic http://news.nationalgeographic.com/kids/2003/12/elves.html A great, but brief research article.
Brett's Drawing of Santa and his Elves http://www.janbrett.com/santa_and_his_elves.htm
Elf Exam http://www.northpole.net/games/exam.htm Gr. 1 or 2 kids
will get a kick out of reading and answering the questions.
Concerning Elves http://gotelves.bravepages.com/concerning_elves.html Definitions about what categories elves fall into; go from
here to Elf Art. Not to do with Santa's elves but folk lore.
We Are Santa's Elves http://lyricsplayground.com/alpha/songs/xmas/wearesantaselves.shtml Burl Ives lyrics.
Meet Santa's Elves http://www.angelfire.com/vt/thenorthpole/elves.html 4
elves are introduced and are wonderful prompts for writing!
Elf Cam http://www.santas-workshop.org/elf/elfcam.shtml A
cartoon 'elf cam' ' cute ' with opportunity for students to
write about the life of an elf.
Entrance http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/211.shtml Instructions on making an "elf" doorway.
Academy http://www.northpole.com/Academy/ The elf school has
wonderful activities for you to print off and use in your
Elf School http://www.claus.com/elfschool/index.php A few interactive
Elf Holiday Math Question http://www.teachers.net/lessons/posts/764.html For gr. 2-3
Elf Costume Shoes http://sewing.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa120799a.htm
Elf Costume http://sd.essortment.com/christmaselfco_rkqw.htm No photo. Grinch -
I wonder if Dr. Seuss ever imagined how this
cranky character could become so ingrained as a popular
Christmas folk character?
The Grinch Page for Teachers http://www.teachingheart.net/grinch.html How the
Grinch Stole Christmas http://www.santas.com/grinch/grinch.html Can hear this one
read aloud online.
Seussville - Grinch http://www.seussville.com/grinch/home.html Interactive
Grinch Coloring Pages http://outer-limit.net/coloring/grinchpages.shtml
Grinch Craft http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/cartoons/mgrinch.html Includes a template
Absolute Grinch http://www.everwonder.com/david/thegrinch/ Assorted sound
and video clips.