Thursday, October 17, 2013

Doghill farm

Kunnas, Mauri, Koiramäen talossa 1980

“Life on Doghill Farm is the same as on all other farms in the olden days. Except that all Doghill residents are dogs. “is written at the Mauri Kunnas website.

The book has big pictures that are full of details and it doesn’t hurt that you learn something about. Why people think history is boring is beyond me, here the book tells about everyday life in the 19th century farm with a funny twist. The Finnish society was built on agriculture and this book illustrates just  how much work farming is. Even the children of Doghill participate in the upkeep of a farm and have fun doing it.  Family is very important to the Doghill dogs, Grandma and Grandpa are a part of the core family and they all live in the same house.

The inspiration for this book came from a real farm house Yli-Kirra in Punkalaidun, an hour away from Tampere.

Doghill Pransi and Fiina at Särkänninemi
Later came out other books about the Doghill dogs:
The Doghill kids go to town,
Doghill winter,
Doghill Martha And The Christmas Pageant,
Doghill Christmas Church,
Tales from Doghill and
Doghill Marha and Runeberg.
Mauri Kunnas started with the Finnish Elf book, but as a small girl I thought there were too much text and too few pictures. But now I appreciate the stories and admire the images.

In spring 2013, Doghill themepark was opened in Särkänniemi, Tampere. We visited it right away and if you like Doghill books, you’ll love Doghill.

Doghill family, Pransi, Martta, Fiina and Kille,
 at Mr. Clutterbuck's house
Other Mauri Kunnas characters can be seen in Mr. Clutterbuck’s house  in Sastamala. This house we visited in 2012 and the boys and I loved it. There is lot to see and do.

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