This is a reminiscing and longing-for-a-friend kind of story.
Moomin finds a golden leaf while picking berries for a punch that Moominmamma is making for the Autumn Ball that night. It would have been great if Moomin could find a tree with all golden leaves so he could give them as gifts to his friends. But alas the leaf as it turns out was only a made-up leaf that came from Momminpappa’s head costume.
Moomin remembers his friend Snufkin and wishes that he could also enjoy this. Snufkin lives in Moomin’s memory for now until they see each other again.
A lovely and heart-warming story to read to your young-at-hearts.