Maj Lindman’s Flicka, Ricka, Dicka books are already on our Favorites page, and her Snipp, Snapp, Snurr books are in the very same vein: vintage illustrations and a vintage feel in the way that the children behave, how they choose to spend their time, and the lessons that they learn. “Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Yellow Sled”,
for example, has the three boys of the title working hard to help their mother around the house so that she and their father will be willing the buy the boys a glorious yellow sled they can use to slide through the snow together. They take on their mother’s chores as their own with no complaints (!?!), discovering along the way just how hard their mother works to keep the house in order. They are eventually rewarded with a trip to the store to buy their sled.
However, upon arriving at the store, they meet a little boy who is heartbroken that he will never be able to have a sled of his own; his family is too poor. Moved by the little boy’s tears, our three heroes ask their mother if they may work for another sled and give this one to the little boy. Naturally their mother, who has been enjoying her additional free time over the past week, accedes to their request and we end the book with all four boys sliding down a hill together. It’s a formula we have seen in other Lindman books – but a story that might otherwise seem sickly-sweet works in the context of the vintage look and feel she creates.