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Polish Folktales and Folklore


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More than 50 traditional Polish tales range from the charming to the thought-provoking, and are accompanied by story notes, cultural and historical background, recipes, games and activities, photos and illustrations.

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Michal Malinowski, founder and director of the Storytelling museum in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland (near Warsaw) and author of Tales of Bug, Narew and Wisla Rivers, published in March 2007.Anne Pellowski, a renowned storyteller and author, and former librarian from New York Public Library, has published such titles as The Story Vine, World of Children's Stories, Family Storytelling Handbook, and others. She performs and conducts storytelling workshops around the world.


"The glossary, list of sources, and bibliography--the most valuable parts of this collection--add to the annotations at the headings of several of the stories. The authors intersperse graphically pleasing wycinanki (Polish folk paper cuts) in black outlines and a few color photographs of actual storytellers, which encourage the reader to learn more about Polish folklore and perhaps visit the fledgling Storytelling Museum established by Malinowski near Warsaw. Potentially useful for those embarking on the study of Polish language, history, or literature." - Choice
". . . an excellent source for enhancing a cultural diversity program. The folktales are generally brief and no longer than a few pages -- good for novice storytellers. While recommended for all ages, the stories, though some have double meanings, are generally appropriate for use with young children incorporating rhymes and finger plays; but the greatest use would be by the middle and upper elementary/middle school students and teachers. Exploring different areas of the world in their classroom curriculum as well as extending cultural programs would be greatly enhanced by this series." Reviewed as part of the World Folklore series. - Catholic Library World
"...offers an intriguing invitation to explore a variety of Polish traditions... With the excellent explanatory notes prefacing the work and detailed source notes and bibliography the book underpins entertainment with scholarship... A dip into these pages offers experiences of a world enriched by long historical memory and lively imagination." - American Folklore Society Children's Section

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