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The Dragon of Krakow and Other Polish Stories (Folktales from Around the World) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-24 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 8 user ratings
ISBN:1845078128
LANGUAGE:English

" Having recently discovered that my great-grandmother was actually Polish, I am excited to read this and get a bit more glimpse into the stories from that culture. " said.

" Short versions of several of Poland's legends and myths. Nice fast read in under an hour. " said.

"It seems Mr. Monte had not been a professional author, and he says he is retelling Polish versions of similar stories from his wife's family and Polish publications, but his work does on occasion achieve a beautiful sense of losing oneself as a child in the setting and world.

Many tales seem to end with repetitive moralizing about trying to climb too high or be too rich but that's probably not his doing.

It's my contention that the story of the "golden" duck has been replayed dozens of times, as the movie Brewster's Millions and the many earlier films which inspired it.

" said.

"Do you know of the famous dragon of Krakow, hatched from an egg in a cave under Wawel castle? Or of the Gingerbread Bees? These short folktales from all over Poland are told in an engaging and light-hearted tone. Still, somewhat violent, they do harken back to a different time and definitely have a different vibe than our modern day Disney fairy tales. They read quickly and gave me a sense of the folklore of the region, which was exactly what I was looking for. A young reader might appreciate them, there are certainly whimsical elements, but again, some are a bit disturbing :)" said.

" Some brilliant Polish tales. Well worth a read, in particular if you have a diverse class. These stories can be used to connect with pupils with EAL. " said.

" Having recently discovered that my great-grandmother was actually Polish, I am excited to read this and get a bit more glimpse into the stories from that culture. " said.

" Short versions of several of Poland's legends and myths. Nice fast read in under an hour. " said.

"It seems Mr. Monte had not been a professional author, and he says he is retelling Polish versions of similar stories from his wife's family and Polish publications, but his work does on occasion achieve a beautiful sense of losing oneself as a child in the setting and world.

Many tales seem to end with repetitive moralizing about trying to climb too high or be too rich but that's probably not his doing.

It's my contention that the story of the "golden" duck has been replayed dozens of times, as the movie Brewster's Millions and the many earlier films which inspired it.

" said.

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