White Ravens: Cyprus

17 books      

Cyprus - 1993 - 26
Chrysantes, Kypros (text)
Empdokleus, Andrula (illus.)
Demonassa: mia ponemene basilissa tes Kypru
(Demonassa: A Longsuffering Queen of Cyprus)
Leukosia: Ekdoseis Epiphaniu, 1991. 56 p.
Demonasse/legend/Cyprus - sorrow
The Queen of Cyprus, Demonasse, takes an intensive interest in the fate and well-being of her subjects. She is generous but also strict. When her own son disobeys one of her decrees, she commands his execution. In this retelling of a Cypriot legend, the author presents a conflict situation in which the value of justice is put to the test. What is its worth without mercy? Each reader must discover the answer for him or herself. Unfortunately, the illustrations do not match the standards of this excellently written text. (8+)

Cyprus (Greek) - 1994 - 24
Genakriitu, Era (text)
Pulcheriu, Elena (illus.)
0 Markos mu ki ego
(My Markos and I)
Leukosia: Published by the author, 1991. 78 p.
Cyprus/Invasion <1974> - Refugee Camp - Girl - Teddy Bear
Katerma tells her Teddy Bear Marko about her life in the refugee camp where she lived before moving into a new apartment. The descriptions and opinions are given from child's point of view. Written in a clear, uncomplicated manner. (8+)
(First Prize. Cypriot Association for Children's and Youth Literature)

Cyprus (Greek) - 1994 - 25
Tapakes, Alexandros
Sten ankalia tu bunu
(In the Mountain's Castle)
Leukosia: Published by the Author, 1991. 113 p.
Tapakes, Alexandras/Autobiography - Childhood-Cyprus/Invasion <1974>
The narrator Antonis tells of his childhood in the country, about the games and pranks he played with his friend Mikes and their successful Karagiosis performances. They travel about the country, visiting the castle of the Byzantine ruler Regaina and celebrate with each other until the Turkish invasion "robs him of his childhood." The family must flee, but the grandfather chooses to stay behind. They find him later in Leukosia, injured. He dies in the refugee camp. As an adult, Antones looks back on this turbulent period and longs for reconciliation and repatriation with the land of "his childhood dreams." In a rich, often lyrical language the author describes situations, the customs and manners, and religious celebrations of his Cypriot homeland, telling stories from the past. (12+)

Cyprus (Greek) - 1994 - 26
Thoma, Chrysalla
Gia ten Pyle tes Anoixes
(Around the Gate of Spring)
Leukosia: Politistikes Yperesies Ypurgeiu Paideias, 1993. 135 p.
Good - Evil - Seasons - Battle
An eventful, breath-taking adventure story about the battle between spring and winter, between good and evil. It takes place in a dream world where the ancient Greek and Medieval times meet. The author, a recent graduate of secondary school, is one of the great hopes of the literary scene. Rich, moving language. (10+)
(Prize of the Cypriot Ministry of Culture)

Cyprus (Greek) - 1995 - 159
Chrysantes, Kypros
O Arestes, o kypriotes Akritas
(Arestes, the Cypriot border-fighter)
Leukosia: Epiphaniu, 1993. 57 p. With illustrations
Saracen - Father/Son - Heroism
A historical novel set in the days of the Saracens. The newly-wed nobleman Azguras is commissioned by the king to go into battle against the Saracens. He conquers them, but falls into the hands of his enemy. Several months later his wife gives birth to a son who, it soon becomes clear, possesses extraordinary talents. As a young man he continues the struggle against the Saracens and frees his imprisoned father. He returns home to marry a beautiful princess. Arestes, in the Cypriot oral traditional, resembles Herakles and his heroic deeds, such as killing a poison snake in his own cradle and effortlessly moving boulders. This mixture of historical reality and legend contributes to the special appeal of this exciting tale. (8+)

Cyprus (Greek) - 1995 - 160
Chrysantes, Kypros
(<Proper name>)
Leukosia: Epiphaniu, 1993. 60 p. With illustrations
Modern fairy tale/Greece - Father/Daughter - Selflessness
In this modern fairy tale a poor father goes out into the world to seek his fortune because the poverty at home is unbearable. All but one of this daughters wish for materialistic presents upon his return: Triuantaphyllenia wants only roses. These roses, which the father forgets in the end, bring calamity to him and his daughter. After a wide range of adventures she is rewarded for her purity and selflessness by marriage to a blond prince. The critical adult reader will recognize the pedagogic intentions of the author. The young reader, however, will be more captivated by the numerous exciting adventures of these fairy tale figures. (5+)

Special Mention - Cyprus (Greek) - 1996 - 241
Syllogê Prusê, Kosta (text)
Tsangares, Champes (illus.)
To basilopullon tês Benedias
(The Prince of Venice)
Nicosia: Tsangarês Champês, 1995. 96 p.
ISBN 9963-7590-6-8
Fairy tale/Cyprus - Multilingual text
The fascination of this impressive, large-sized book stems above all from the singular illustrations of the internationally recognized artist Champes, whose palette of colors ranges from royal blue to deep red and glowing gold. The atmosphere of Venice in the 15th and 16th century is skillfully, convincingly captured in his scenes. The ruler of Pafos, according to this old Cypriot fairy tale, once embarked on a longer journey. Choosing the present he should bring her from his journey, his youngest daughter demands three hairs from the head of the son of the Venezian king. Each time she burns one hair, he flies to her in the shape of golden eagle. But the third time is different. The text of this book is given in Cypriot, Greek and English. (8+)

Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 232
Duka, Mania (text)
Malekos, Andreas (photos)
Henas angelos mia phora ... Taxidi stis byzantines toichographies tēs Kypru
(Once there was an angel ... A journey to the Byzantine frescoes of Cyprus)
[Athēna]: Adam, [1997?]. [68] p.
(This book was published by the Cypriot Leventis Foundation in cooperation with the Greek publishing house Adam.)
ISBN 960-7010-74-4
Cyprus - Byzantine fresco - Life of Jesus
The various events in the life of Jesus - from the annunciation of Maria to Ascension Day is presented in this picture book using Byzantine frescoes. An index in the appendix describes the origin and current location, thus offering the readers the opportunity to discover some of the Byzantine treasures of Cyprus for themselves. (8+)

Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 233
Montēs, Kōstas
Aphēste ton sticho na sas parē ap' to cheri. Poiēmata gia mikra kai megala paidia
(Let the verse take you by the hand. Poems for children of all ages)
Leukōsia: Montis, 1993. 56p.
Cyprus's national poet, Kōstas Montēs, offers a further collection of poetry in which he consciously avoids dealing with ordinary and trite topics. The complete edition of his works has been made available at last through the generous support of the A.G. Leventis Foundation. (7+)

Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 234
Orontē-Siantu, Theodōra (text/illus.)
A. Diamantēs. To taxidi tēs mikrēs rozus
(A. Diamantēs. The journey of the little gnarled branch)
Leukōsia: Orontē-Siantu, 1996. [36] p.
(Paichnidi stis aules tōn dēmiurgōn mas)
ISBN 9963-8171-1-4
Diamantēs, Adamantios - Painting
This is the first volume of a new series in which the author and artist introduces children to the works of one of the most important painters of Cyprus, Adamantios Diamantēs (1900-1994). Using several of his most characteristic works, she spins a story around the painter and his work, in which the simple people of the island and the division of Cyprus often play a role. (8+)

Special Mention - Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 235
Bratits, Karolos (text)
Mytaras, Dēmētrēs (illus.)
Saranta hellēnika kochylia
(Forty Greek mussels)
Athēna: Kastaniōtēs, 1998. 89 p. (with 1 CD: Mytaras, Aristeides: Ho echos to bythu)
ISBN 960-03-1844-1
Sea - Mussels
The author, who is known for his underwater photographs, offers children and adults easy-tounderstand information about the mysterious life of mussels in such a way that it can be called to mind during the next walk at the sea. The carefully designed book offers information for further investigation and browsing. The well-known artist contributes impressive pictures, while the music by the young musician Mytaras Aristeidēs offers a multimedial experience, that brings the ocean to mind. This is not a dry information book, but demonstrates a love and respect for the wonders of nature in an aesthetically pleasing manner. (8+)

Special Mention - Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 236
Kynēgu-Phlampura, Maria (text)
Berberidēs, Nikos (illus.)
Laïka musika organa tu kosmu
(Folk music instruments of the world)
Nea Smyrnē: Akritas, 1998. 103 p. (mit 1 Spielplan + 1 CD)
(Akritas paidika)
ISBN 960-328-096-8
Folk music - Musical instrument
Drawing on her long-time experience as a music teacher and instructor of music teachers, the author offers children information about various musical instruments in a lively manner. Beginning with the instruments of Greek folk music, the drawings by the young illustrator Nikos Berberides document the great diversity of instruments in the world. This is an activity book that will capture the interest of the young reader, while the music cassette provides selected examples of music it describes. (8+) ☆

Special Mention - Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 237
Mamalinka, Maria (text)
Papanikolau, Kōstas (illus.)
Hē phidogennētē basilopula kai alla paramythia
(The king's daughter who was born of a snake and other tales)
Athēna: Bibliopōleion tēs »Hestias«, 1998. 77 p.
ISBN 960-05-0817-8
The well-known young author (b. 1960) narrates four literary folk tales in which the main characters are able to decide consciously which path to take to reach their goals and achieve new maturity. In this carefully edited edition with expressive illustrations by Kōstas Papanikolau both text and picture are notable for their clarity. (6+)

Special Mention - Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 238
Minasian, Kuēn (reteller)
Paramythia apo tēn Armenia. Mia stagona meli apo tēn Armenikē logotechnia
(Tales from Armenia)
Athēna: Apopeira, 1998. 159 p.
(Tu kosmu ta paramythia ; 15)
ISBN 960-537-013-1
This volume in the meticulously edited series »Tales from around the world« is the first time a selection of the most widely known Armenian tales has been published in Greek. It endeavors to give a re-telling of those tales that have been passed down orally for generations in Greece, in order to make them available to a greater Greekspeaking audience. The second-generation Greekborn editor is herself Armenian. The illustrations, which are to be found in the National Pinakothek Yerevan, are a congenial enhancement. The book includes exact notes of written and oral sources, other secondary literature and an index of the painters whose works are included. (10+) ☆

Special Mention - Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 239
Pulcheriu, Kika
Ta megala paputsia
(The big shoes)
Athēna: Patakēs, 1998. 123 p.
([Synchronē logotechnia gia paidia kai gia neus / Syllogē peristeria] ; 72)
ISBN 960-600-450-3
Unemployment - Detective - Fantasy/Reality
The well-known Cypriot children's book writer Kika Poulcheriou writes a humorous tale about ten-year old Aris who tries to come to terms with his father's sudden unemployment by retreating into an imaginary world of fantasy. He hopes to prove that his father is innocent of the accusations that led to his dismissal, and believes that he can recognize the true culprit on the big shoes he wears. (10+)

Special Mention - Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 240
Stampoglē, Helen
Prosklēsē se geuma
(An inviation to dinner)
Athēna: Kaleidoskopio, 1997. 57 p.
(Stus dromus tu Byzantiu ; 1)
ISBN 960-7846-03-6
In this first and exquisitely illustrated volume of the projected series »In Byzantine Streets« the Byzantine eating habits become an introduction to the geographical and climactic prerequisites as well as the historical patterns of agriculture and trade, included the relationships between town and country, food and religion. The text draws upon original legal documents, religious texts and travel journals. A map and chronology complete this very well-prepared volume, which is illustrated with original prints of Byzantine art from major art collections. (6+) ☆

Special Mention - Cyprus (Greek) - 2000 - 241
Tribizas, Eugenios (text)
Kunturēs, Michalēs (illus.)
Phrikantela hē magissa pu misuse ta kalanta
(The witch Phrikantela, who hated happy songs)
Athēna: Ammos, 1998. [56] p.
ISBN 960-202-196-9
Christmas/Greece/Cyprus - Witch - Song
In his usual humorous style of story telling that is filled with word-play, the internationally known Greek author Eugene Trivizas (i.e. Eugenios Tribizas) describes the life of the witch Phrikantela. She cannot stand the merry songs that children sing during their parades before the Christmas and New Year holidays and tries to transform the children in order to silence them. She captures their voices in balloons and hoards them in her castle, but the children find a way to free them. Afterwards Phrikantela begins to enjoy the children's singing and becomes a friendly, happy witch. A triangle, a typical instrument of children's parades in Greece, and the text and music of common songs from different areas of Greece are included with the book. (4+)