Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sister of the Birds and Other Gypsy Tales

This book has been our companion these chilly Spring nights.  As with all my kids, Charlotte is getting a healthy dose of fantasy before bed!  I'm familiar with many fairy tales and fables, many of which are just variations of similar stories, but these Gypsy tales are unlike any others that I've read before.  I particularly liked learning about their origin.   Jerzy Ficowski was sent to Auschwitz during WWII where he met many Gypsies and after the war he travelled with them collecting their stories, songs, and poetry.

Charles Mikolaycak does the illustrations, which is how I discovered the book in the first place.

Jerzy Ficowski
translated by Lucia M. Borski
illustrations by Charles Mikolaycak 1976

There's a handy pronunciation key at the back.

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