|Tove Jansson's niece Sophia on the island with her grandmother (Tove's mother) in 1968|
I tidied up my 'office' at the weekend and found an article I'd saved from the newspaper about Tove Jansson's real Summer Island, Klovaharum, where she spent three months every summer. The island is far out in the Gulf of Finland and is so beautiful I can hardly bear it.
|Klovaharum is circled, bottom left|
Tove's connection with the island is complicated -- there are actually two different islands (near each other) that she went to and two different houses on the larger, earlier island (which is where I think most of the stories in the Summer Book were first experienced for real):
|The first, bigger island|
|Inside the little house on Klovaharum|
Here's a longish biographical piece on Tove Jansson.