Fairytale World by Svetlana Makarovich

Svetlana MakarovichBorn in Maribor in 1939, she is a well-known author for adults, young people and the leading Slovenian writer of fairy tales for children. For the latter, she created many timeless picture books that find a special place on the bookshelf and also in children's hearts. Let's just mention a few titles like Tacamuca, Owl of the Eye, Scarecrow in the gallery, The bunny goes to the moon and others. Within Reading Challenge 2020 also found in the list of books in Group A (5 to 10 years old) Sapramishko, Mišmaš Bakery and a collection of fairy tales Gold cat yarn.

Sapramiska (1976)

The Sapra mouse had its home on the edge of the barn in the barn. She got three hazelnuts from her cousin and when she wanted to eat the first, she broke her tooth. She decided to go and seek help in crushing hazelnuts. At first she met a rabbit who did not date her, then came up with a squirrel who preferred to eat the hazelnut instead of returning it to the mouse. She approached a frog who wanted to help her, but inadvertently threw and lost her hazelnut. The frog, however, convinced the mouse to go to the dentist clover, who repaired her broken tooth. Sapramishka made her way home happily, on the way she met a cat she wanted to eat but managed to escape with the cunning mouse. At home, she finally bit into the third hazelnut, but unfortunately it was empty. The mouse cried all night, heard by a mouse scarecrow, and led her to a magical bush with hazelnuts. She picked them up as much as she could, and happily ate them at home and wrote on the door that she was the luckiest mouse in the world. In Sapramiška, various characteristics are intertwined, which are also found in humans.

Mišmaš Bakery (1974)

At the end of the mouse village there used to be a beautiful, old house and the inscription "Mišmaš Bakery" hung above the door. In the morning, fresh bread was smelling all over the village, and the villagers were waking up to themselves and gathering in front of the bakery. Pek Mišmaš was an unusual man with a mustache under which he always played a smile, and with dark, lively eyes he looked very much like a dwarf, and quite well he could have been. From the village mill Jedrt, Mišmaš bought three small bags of flour every month and it did not go to anyone's head how it is possible to make so much good bread out of such little flour. The mouse just smiled in response, and at last people somehow came to terms with the fact that baking was just his thing and no one else's. Only the miller and the apprentice did not give Curt a curiosity and so one night she broke into Mishmash's house and discovered his secret. The fairy tale is entirely related to bread, and the bread motif often illustrates the longing for a better life and daily survival.

Golden Cat Yarn (2014)

The Golden Cat Yarn is a collection of 2 poems and 28 copyright fairy tales by Svetlana Makarovic with over 200 illustrations by Slovenian illustrators. It is a selection of the most popular and already legendary fairy tales such as Sapramiška, Mišmaš Bakery, Tacamuca, Dumpling Kitten, Kuzma Dwarf Award, Kosovir on a Flying Spoon, Owl of the Eye and many others. Fairy tale heroes will thus show their children how to navigate childhood, how to deal with emotions, how to meet challenges, and to stand on the brink of dishonesty and injustice.

Check a list of books v Reading Challenge 2020.

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