Get on the Story Train and dive straight into the magical world between the pages of books. You’ll meet Madicken, Emil, Karlsson and the others on an enchanting journey between the Swedish summer of fairytales and stories and the roaring Karma Falls. Fabulous, exciting and a little sad – exactly as it should be.
The Story Train was the last text that Astrid Lindgren wrote and, if you listen to the Swedish version, it is Astrid herself you’ll hear from the loudspeakers. Building up the magical world of dolls, settings, lights and sounds was a fantastic and challenging task that took over two years to complete. The illustrator Marit Törnqvist was accorded the privilege and created the settings working closely with Astrid. The figures you see on Katthult flagpole and in the narrow streets of Thorn Rose Valley are Marit’s. The book “The Storybook Journey” has Astrid’s irresistible text and all the drawings on which our journey is based.
It takes about 15 minutes to take the Story Train, and for it to be the most fun for everyone, children and adults take it together. It can be comforting to have a hand to hold sometimes! The feisty mouse in Simon Small and Katla, the dragon, are two figures that can be a bit frightening. Björn Edlund, CEO of Junibacken, still takes the Storybook Train nearly every day: “I may be a bit childish, but the Story Train is our heart and soul, after all. There is so much here of the magic that reading can create. And I seem to discover new things every time! I haven’t been on it enough!”