The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 16, 2012
The present book of English translations by Mirela Roznoveanu, titled Old Romanian Fairy Tales, with illustrations by Alexandra Conte captures and conveys great narratives of the Romanian folklore. This is a book for all libraries that carries children’s books with collections of cultural studies, folklore, and cultural anthropology.
In Pinky the Brave, a King has three sons and one of the most beautiful gardens on earth. In this garden there is an apple tree with golden apples, but the King has never been able to taste them because every year they are stolen. Many heroes have tried to catch the thief but they have not succeeded, and among them there have been even two sons of the King. Finally, Pinky, the youngest prince, decided to try himself to catch the thieves and from this point on he engages in incredible adventures. Soon he finds himself close to an abyss, the portal to the other world. Pinky has the courage to go down, and once there, he encounters three palaces belonging to three dragons. And this is only the beginning of his trials.
Fairy Princess Ileana is the story of the daughter of an old king without male heirs; disguised as a brave prince, she goes to serve another powerful king. On the road, the princess disguised as a brave young prince obtains a magic horse, the brother of the magic horse of her old father. She also finds a golden tress lost by Fairy Princess Ileana. From this moment on the fairy tale will uncover a path no other fairy tales have touched upon before.
In Shinylocks the Brave the entire kingdom of the Red King is immersed in darkness because the ogres had stolen the sun and the moon. The Red King has promised his daughter and half of his kingdom to the one able to recover the sun and the moon from the ogres but all who have tried had been defeated. Shinylocks the Brave starts his own quest, with the Red King’s permission and the way he will succeed is startling and unexpected.
There is a Green King who rules at one edge of the earth in The Story of the White Moor; and this King has only girl princesses. This King writes to his brother, whose kingdom is at the other side of the earth, and asks him to send him the bravest of his sons in order to leave him the throne of his kingdom. The Green King’s brother tests one by one his sons before departing and only the youngest prince is able to pass his father’s tough trials. Before leaving, his father advises him to stay away from two kinds of evil: the glabrous one, lacking hair all over his body, and the red man. Helped by his magic horse, the youngest prince engages in his journey. However, he is tricked by the devilish Glabrous One (who forces him to change places) and enforces him latter on to deal with the mischievous Red King. The White Moor survives incredible challenges, meets loyal friends, and claims victory at the end.
Old Romanian Fairy Tales captures the imagination, conveys important lessons about morality and responsibility, and strikes a chord of deep patterns on which our civilization was built. Readers will encounter fabulous fairies, Prince Charming, witness battles with dragons, betrayal, competition, and love. The book has beautiful imaginative color illustrations; this is a book from which children and mature people would immensely benefit. To add more to the uniqueness of this book: these fairy tales were never translated before into the English language.
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Old Romanian Fairytales by Mirela Roznoveanu
Format: Perfect Bound Softcover
Print Type: Color
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