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The glass mountain : tales from Poland
2014
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Gr 3-4-The Piekowski-Walser team exuberantly present eight dramatic Polish folktales featuring the violence, evil, and heroism characteristic of the genre. The stories are well told and paced, as heroes and villains face death, transmutation, and the devil. Tales include "The Fern Flower," "The Krakow Dragon," "The Frog Bride," "The Miller's Daughters," and "The Trumpeter of Krakow." Among the themes are the importance of unselfishness and love for family and homeland and the shame and dishonor of greediness and thoughtlessness. A thread of darkness runs through these unusual pieces, and Walser doesn't soften disturbing details and the occasional unhappy ending. The text is enhanced by the attractive illustrations, rendered in cut-paper collage and mixed media. The use of black silhouettes with bright colors on mostly white backgrounds lets the images pop. There is a pronunciation guide to help with the Polish vocabulary and forewords by Piekowski and Walser, which reveal their folklore backgrounds and their approaches to the book. A solid addition to libraries where folktale collections circulate well.- Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Jan Pienkowski brings traditional Polish fairy tales to life with vibrant and witty paper-cut illustrations. <br> <br> Dragons and kings, frogs and spells, witches and mermaids -- all the hallmark characters of traditional Polish fairy tales are found in this magical collection. Jan Pienkowski draws on a distinctive cut-paper technique learned as a child in Poland to produce dramatic and vibrant illustrations for eight time-honored stories. Celebrating honesty, loyalty, and creativity, stories such as "The Krakow Dragon" and "The Warsaw Mermaid" will captivate today's child as much as they did young Jan during his childhood. A pronunciation guide assists the reader with Polish place and character names.
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