The ASI Family Gallery is sponsored by IKEA.
Discover the magic of European Christmas Markets this holiday season in ASI’s Family Gallery. The exhibition is inspired by the book, Tom’s Christmas Fish, which was written and illustrated by the Swedish mother and daughter duo, Rita Törnqvist-Verschuur and Marit Törnqvist.
Play and pretend that you are the baker, fishmonger, or artist with your very own Christmas market booth. What will you sell? How much will it cost?
The ASI Family Gallery is an imaginative, interactive gallery where children and their important adults are encouraged to play and be inspired by stories and hands-on activities, while at the same time making discoveries about themselves and the world and connecting to others.
The traditional Christmas meal in Prague isn't turkey or ham, but a special kind of Christmas fish.
On Christmas Eve, Tom chooses his live fish at the market, and calls it Peppo. He carefully carries it home, through the streets of Prague's old town, in a big bag of water. Tom loves his new pet, but what fate awaits Peppo as the Christmas meal draws near?
This charming, child-friendly story presents one culture's Christmas traditions in fascinating detail. At its core is a heartwarming tale of a boy and his grandpa, as they both learn about doing the right thing.
Marit Törnqvist's accomplished artwork vividly brings Tom and Peppo's story, and the beautiful city of Prague, to life.
** illustrations credit to Marit Törnqvist and Floris Books.
Rita Törnqvist-Verschuur (author) was born in Amsterdam in1935, and studied Swedish language and literature. She lived in Sweden for ten years with her husband and three children, including her daughter Marit. Rita worked as a translator, and translated many books by Astrid Lindgren before writing her own books for children and adults. She wrote eight volumes of memoirs, starting with her experiences as a child during the Second World War. Her books Tadpoles on the Piano and The Old Musician were translated into English.
Marit Törnqvist (illustrator) was born in 1964 in Uppsala, Sweden, and divides her time between the Netherlands and Sweden. She studied illustration at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. In 2011 she was awarded a Golden Plaque from the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, one of the most prestigious children's illustration awards. She has illustrated several of Astrid Lindgren's picture books, including A Calf for Christmas, Goran's Great Escape and In the Land of Twilight, all published by Floris Books.