I grew up reading the books about the Mumintroll (Moomintroll) characters and their adventures in Moominvalley,written by Tove Jansson.
Moomin - Friends
MOOMIN / Moomin Friends - Embroidery Patterns
Tove Jansson - The Moomins
"Somewhere under his hat the tune began to move, one part expectation, and two parts spring sadness, and for the rest just a colossal delight at being alone." Quote from Tove Jansson's story 'The Spring Tune,' found in "Tales from Moominvalley."
Moomin PL - illustrations
Tove Jansson Unicef or Amnesty Christmas card via Moomin.pl: http://moomin.pl/2012/12/05/tove-janson-unicef-and-amnesty-postcards/