White Ravens: Greece
Greece (Greek) - 1993 - 27
loannides, I.D. (text)
Theopulu Maria (illus.)
O gyros tu kosmu choris lephta
(Around the World without a Penny)
Athen: Kastaniotes, 1989. 115 p.
adventure - donkey - World War I
While searching for his donkey Effendi, which had been confiscated by the military, Bai boards a train filled with prisoners of war and lands with them in Goerlitz, Germany. When the mistake is discovered, he is sent back to Constantinopel and recruited into the Turkish army. After many further adventures, he finally returns, still looking for his donkey, to his hometown. There he finally marries, settles down with his family and finds happiness. With great humor the author describes the life of a simple man who deals with reality as best he can and finds happiness even in tragic circumstances. (12+)
Greece (Greek) - 1994 - 28
Grammenos, Mpampes (text)
Stavropulos, Stathes (illus.)
Megas Alexandros (Alexander der Große)
(Alexander the Great)
Athen: Ankyra, 1992. 124 p.
Alexander the Great/Childhood
This historical novel vividly describes life at the court of Philipp II, where his brilliant son, the future Alexander the Great, grows up. His stormy youth, his lively and restless spirit astound everyone surrounding him, especially his teacher Aristotles and his own father. The high point of the novel is his taming of the wild Macedonian horse Bukephaios. which became his constant friend and companion. The man for whom "Macedonia was too small" - according to Philipp II - is portrayed so fascinatingly that the reader cannot help but be enthused by his unique, ingenious personality, A prize-winning book.
Greece (Greek) - 1994 - 29
Epameinondas, Spyros (text)
Keperte, Dora (illus.)
Gyreuume ..ton elio
(We're Looking for ... the Sun)
Athen: Aster, 1991. 211 p.
Cyprus/Occupation <1974> -Refugee Camp - Survival
This story is set in Cyprus, Expelled during the Turkish Invasion of 1974, the refugees are given shelter in Tents. Eight children join together and try to overcome the terrible days. The author reports their daily activities and the joint adventures. When one of them, Alkistis, emigrates to Melbourne and soon forgets them, they know that an era has come to an end. They move into an apartment, but their hearts are still filled with longing for the abandoned home. Are concrete highrises a substitute? Wasn't it much nicer before? But life goes on. This is a novel of reconciliation which looks back with nostalgia and builds on the future.
(Cyprus Association for Children's and Youth Literature Prize)
Greece (Greek) - 1994 - 30
Kliapha, Marula . (text)
Kolybas, Elias (illus.)
Dyskoloi kairoi gia miknis prinkipes
(Hard Times for Little Princes)
Athen: Kastaniotes, 1992. 254 p.
Guest Worker/Children - Squalor - Theft - Death
Four young journalists learn that the teenager Odysseas, who was being sought by the police for theft, has been run over by a subway train. Suspecting suicide, they begin to investigate. Odysseas comes from a working-class family. The father abandons mother and children and moves in with his girlfriend. The mother led her own life. Odysseas, a dreamy, diligent pupil, is sent to his grandmother in Greece, where he lives unsupervised and in squalor. Hitchhiking to Athens, he disappears in the underworld. Although he wants to go home, he lets himself be talked into more burglaries. While fleeing from the police, he is run over by the subway. Kliapha's mature novel is an unreelenting criticism of the generation of fathers and their greed for money. He realistically portrays the world of young adults who, too soon self-sufficient, neglected and isolated, get on the wrong track. This book addresses both young adults and adults. (14+)
Greece (Greek) - 1994 - 31
To augo tes echidnas
(The Serpent's Egg)
Athen: Patakes, 1991. 102 p.
(Synchrone Logotechnia gia neus - Sylloge Peristeria)
AIDS - Crisis - Death
The 18-year-old narrator, Stephanos, has AIDS, This novel shows how he deals with his situation. He tries to hide his deep depressions from parents, friends, and Olga, whom he loves, but it is ultimately not possible. In silence of his mind, he blames the adults for not warning him. In minute analysis, the author explores the abysses of the soul. Aside from its literary qualities, this book is a warning aimed at both young adults and adults. (13+)
Greece (Greek) - 1994 - 32
Sinu, Kira (text)
Metralia, Sonia (illus.)
Kato apo ton elio te Makedonias
(Under the Macedonian Sun)
Athen: Kedros, 1992. 176 p.
(Katophli ston kosmo)
Alexander <King of Macedonia, I) - Greece/Persia/History 600-500 B.C.
An historical novel set in the 6th century B.C. King Amyntas receives the Persians and pays them tribute. When they assault the Macedonian women during a banquet, the young crown prince Alexander takes revenge - men in disguise turn the banquet into a bloodbath. As king. he dedicates himself to the ideals of Greece and fights against the Persians, As an old man in the now free Macedonia, he realizes that the new era of prosperity led to a loss of old friends. The author is considered a master storyteller and has won many prizes. (12+)
Greece (Greek) - 1994 - 33
E Puludenia kai alle diegemata
(Puludenia and Other Stories)
Athen: Omhros, 1993. 55 p.
Wealth - Poverty - Outsider - Short Stories
The five stories in this book show children and teenagers in crisis situations. Regardless of whether it is Puludenia, who works as a house servant in a rich household, although she would have preferred to go to school, or an older sister who works after school, in order to feed the younger children, it is always a case of two social classes. The weaker ones, the disadvantaged children, who have been robbed of their childhood, get the short end of the deal. The author, recipient of numerous prizes, develops a panorama of a short-sighted society full of contradictions, which senselessly imposes suffering on all. (12+)
(Honor prize of the Literary Pan-Hellenic Competition)
Greece (Greek) - 1994 - 34
O megalos apochairetismos
(The Great Farewell)
Athen: Psychogios, 1990. 152 p.
World War I – Asia Minor - Escape
An historical novel about the bloody dispute between the Greeks and the Turks in Asia Minor. It ended with the eviction of the Greeks from Smyrna (today Izmir). Suspenseful episodes, lively dialogs, friendship and reconciliation between the enemies (12+)
(Greek Youth Book Prize)
Greece (Greek) - 1995 - 161
Alexandrake, Argyro (text)
Solu, Tete (illus.)
Oi thesauroi tes chrysopeges
(The Treasures of Chrysopege)
Athens: Psychogios, 1993. 130 p.
(Pankosmia neanike bibliotheke)
Greece/School holiday - Adventure - Diary
This children's novel is written as a diary. In Summer 1990 Katia decides to keep a diary during her summer holidays to help her grandmother pass the time during the winter. Katia and her parents take a ship to Chrysopege, where they spend an exciting summer. They experience many adventures, including the discovery of valuable archeological treasures in a cave. The novel's particular charm lies in the childlike simplicity of Katia's commentary on the adult world, which is bound to bring a smile. (10+)
Greece (Greek) - 1995 - 162
Chatzeanagnostu, Takes (text)
Stravropulos, Stathes (illus.)
E phloga tes Niotes
(The Flame of Youth)
Athens: Ankyra, 1992. 226 p.
Greece/Persian Wars - Soldier - Patriotism
A masterful novel set in the years of the Persian Wars. Sikinos, a simple soldier, experiences many battles, is taken prisoner, becomes a slave, is whipped, escapes and struggles for survival. He finally succeeds in returning to Athens and enters the service of Themistokles. He takes part in the Battle of Marathon and the sea battle of Salamis. But when a disappointed Themistokles plans to join the Persians, Sikinos shows him in his own manner that Themistokles is about to lose his dignity. This brings him to his senses, allowing him to give his efforts for his homeland Greece again. The author is one of the leading writers of the post-war era. (12+)
Greece (Greek) - 1995 - 163
Kliapha, Manila (text)
Spyropulos, Thanasses (illus.)
12+1 paramyhtia apo ten Thessalia
(12+1 Tales from Thessalia)
Athens: Kastaniotes, 1992. 94 p.
This is a very special collection of Greek fairy tales. They are recorded here just as the storyteller told them, thus preserving the feeling of freshness, a quality which to be found increasingly seldom. But that is not all. The impressive illustrations are the inspirations of an autodidact who knows all the tricks of a puppet theater (karagoze). Professor Merakles, an expert on fairy tales, has praised the work of Kliapha and Spyropulos and pointed out the general optimism which is sustained in the tales of Thessalia. (6+)
Greece (Greek) - 1995 - 164
Manthopulos, Demetres (text)
Eieutheriu, Bangeles (illus.)
Meres tes Alkyones
Athens: Psychogios, 1993. 204 p.
(Pankosmia neanike bibliotheke)
Handicap - Father/Son - Family life - Self- discovery
This novel deals with the problems of a youth who is handicapped, a topic which is seldom found in Greek literature. Bound to a wheelchair, Jiannis feels himself condemned to loneliness because he is different than the others. He lives entirely within the circle of his family and his burdened with the professional problems his father is having. After going to the country because the family doctor recommends a change of surroundings, Jiannis' whole life changes. Through his new friends and his father's professional success, he begins to have faith in life again. Returning home, be keeps up his contacts and decides he wants to make a success of his life. (12+) ☆
Greece (Greek) - 1995 - 165
Stephanides, Menelaos (text)
Stephanides, Photine (illus.)
Athens: Sigma, n.d..  p.
Folktale/Greece - Clairvoyance
This over-sized picture book contains a Greek folktale for very young readers. Tzitzigas (which actually means cicada) is a lazy man who is always lucky. His wife renames him "Mantoloes," which means the clairvoyant. With this name and thanks to a series of funny coincidences, he becomes a government minister. This is the first book of a fairy tale series which will bring young readers much pleasure through the simple, clear and realistic language and the colorful illustrations. (6+)
Greece (Greek) - 1996 - 242
To phantasma tês Portitsas
(The Ghost of Portitsa)
Athêna: Kastaniôtês, 1994. 141 p.
School - Ghost - Village life
Winter 1927. In the little village of Portitsa a ghost suddenly appears in the basement of the school. He revives memories of the village residents, makes inconspicuous things appear bigger, endows everyone with eloquence, and stirs their imaginations. At the same time panic breaks out in the region. The prejudices and mistrust of ordinary people are placed in a humorous light, thus providing a mirror image of the post-war provincial way of life. (12+)
Greece (Greek) - 1996 - 243
Balabanês, Panos (text)
Ganôsê, Anta (illus.)
O lophos me ta krymmena mystika. To chroniko mias phantastikes anaskaphes
(The hill of hidden secrets. The chronicle of a fantastic excavation)
Athêna-Nea Smyrne: Akritas, 1995. 78 p.
Greece/History - Archeology
This is the story of a place somewhere in Greece, hidden in the heart of a hill that has arisen from 8000 years of lives and adventures. One generation after the other came and built their houses and their temples. When these were destroyed by earthquakes, fires, or enemies room was made for the next settlement, the next culture. One day an archeologist arrives. Being a patient man, he succeeds in uncovering all the secrets of this hill, one after another. This process of making history is depicted in a fantasy story that could even be a true one. (8+)
Greece (Greek) - 1996 - 244
Athêna: Patakês, 1995. 134 p.
Father/Son - Illness - Growing-up
Twelve-year-old Domênikos sets off on a journey to find the medicine which could save his father's life. On his unusual journey he meets the Skeleton of the Very-Very-Old- Sailor, the Woman-with-Hairof- Pearls, the Very-Strong-Dwarf and other bizarre creatures. He visits mysterious places such as a breathing cave or the House-that-Stands-on-its- Head and in this way encounters the great values of life and the eternal secrets of nature. He becomes a responsible young man who is able to save his deathly ill father. A part of the adventure of puberty is over… (10+)
(Honorlist of the Greek IBBY section)
Greece (Greek) - 1996 - 245
Karetta. Zoa pu kindyneuun
(Loggerhead Turtles. Endangered Species)
Athêna: Ereunetes, 1995.  p.
Turtles - Animal protection
This attractive information book presents the world of ocean turtles, their origins, habitats, hatching areas, and also the fables which have developed around them. The author gives special attention to the particularly endangered loggerhead (caretta caretta) turtles which have chosen the Greek coastal areas as their only hatching area in all of the Mediterranean basin. The young reader is given valuable information not only about the steps needed to protect these turtles, but also about various organizations which are involved in this work. The extensive text and many detailed illustrations will help to motivate the reader to help protect this lovable animal. (8+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1996 - 246
Athêna: Patakes, 1995. 157 p.
Newspaper - Outsider - Dreams
»O Psyllos« is the title of a small newspaper in the remote village in the mountains of Olympia, care-fully, lovingly written out by hand by twelveyear- old Elias. He and »The flea« are one: »It is a dream...the wings that will take me far far away some day.« But in the village there is almost no one who believes in him. Even the teacher treats him like an unwanted outsider. But Elias doesn't give up so easily. The film »O Psyllos« was an international success and was voted as the best European children's film in Luxembourg in 1990, won first prize in film festivals in Berlin, Chicago and Belfast. (10+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1996 - 247
Xanthulês, Giannês (text/illus.)
Aneba stê stegê na phame to synnepho
(Climb up to the roof to eat the cloud)
Athêna: Kastaniotes, 1994. 83 p.
(To kalo biblio gia paidia)
Citylife - Fantasy
»Zementupolê« (Cement City) everyone is getting ready for the annual celebrations in honor of their beloved cement. But this time things turns out differently than planned. Young Annula is sick of living in the stiffling metropolis.With a single jump she springs on to the highest roof. From this position she announces that she will not come down again until the mayor fulfills all her demands for ... While she is waiting, she carries on conversations with her grandmother, meets the crazy old Sunday, last year's Christmas and lives from the clouds of candy stars and snow-juice with sun-rays. (8+)
Greece (Greek) - 1997 - 244
Moro mu sagapo
(My baby, I love you)
Athena: Ammos, 1996.  p.
Mother - Baby - Animals
This picture book for the very young deals with the theme of mother and child, both in the animal kingdom and the human world. The illustrations of the young, free-lance artist (born 1964) are both striking and full of expression that the book could even succeed without words. (2+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1997 - 245
Athla, Athletes kai Epathla. Olympiakoi agones kai athletismos sten archaia Ellada
(Championships, athletes, and medals. The Olympic Games and sports in ancient Greece)
Nea Smyrne: Ereunetes, 1996. 104 p.
Greece/Olympic games - Sports
The author, a professor of archeology, not only presents the ancient types of sports, their history and rules, but also puts them in a social context. He endeavors to show the importance of each athletic competition and help the modern reader understand the atmosphere of those times. Striking in both text and illustration, the book will satisfy the needs of a demanding reader. An appendix which includes an international bibliography and additional information on this topic encourages further reading. (10+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1997 - 246
Grimane, Anna (adapt.)
Mia Kyriake me ton Demetre Mytara
(A sunday with Demetres Mytaras)
Athena: Ammos, 1996.  p. With illustrations
(Mia Kyriake me...)
Mytaras, Demetres - Painting
In this richly illustrated book the artistic development of one of the most important contemporary Greek artists, Demetres Mytaras, is told from the first-person point of view. In a very individual tone, the artists leads the reader through his various periods of creation and explains the background of his works. Furthermore he endeavors to make his approach to art more accessible und understandable to the interested reader. In an appendix, further biographical information about Mytaras as well as other artists who he refers to in the text are given. (10+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1997 - 247
To adeio mpukali
(The empty bottle)
Athena: Patakes, 1996. 168 p.
Greece/World War II - Family - Everyday life - Resistance
In this vividly told story about a Greek family living in occupied Athens during the Second World War, a mother and her two sons, aged eight and sixteen, struggle day-by-day to survive after their father has become a resistance fighter in the Greek underground. Particularly the younger boy gradually comes to a greater understanding of the conditions in which they are living during the course of the story. The characters and the setting are very realistically drawn and remain believable throughout the story. (10+) ☆
(Greek IBBY Section Award 1996)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1997 - 248
Kapote o kynegos ...
(Once a hunter ...)
Athena: Kastaniotes, 1996. 170 p.
Greece/Civil War - Emigration - Homecoming - Prejudice
This realistic novel about a Greek family begins at the time of the Civil War at the end of the Second World War and describes their odyssee-like journey toTashkent, where they remain for forty years. Upon returning to their homeland, their hopes of putting down roots again in modern-day Greece are met with disappointment when they are confronted with prejudice against people who had fled the country. In spite of its serious topic, this is a thoroughly enjoyable youth novel and will also appeal to adult readers. (12+) ☆
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1997 - 249
E gennese ton Astron
(The birth of the stars)
Nea Smyrne: Ereunetes, 1996. 105 p.
(Ta mystika tu sympantos)
Astronomy - Space
This first volume of a series titled »The secrets of space«, written by an internationally renown astrophysicist, describes how the universe began. Using many color photos and drawings, the complicated subject matter of astronomy, as well as the development of astronomy as a science, is made understandable in a thoroughly humorous manner. (10+)
Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 239
Chatzēdakē, Tonia (text)
Andrikopulos, Nikolas (illus.)
Ho peiratēs me ta alliōtika matia
(The pirate with different eyes)
Athēna: Hellēnika Grammata, 1997.  p.
Reading - Writing - Pirate - Book
One of the proudest treasures of the quite likeable pirate Mauroleōn is a large collection of books. One day he shows a letter in a bottle to his girlfriend, the mermaid, and wants her to read it to him. After he confesses that he cannot read at all, she agrees to teach him how to read and write. At the end of his strenous but ultimately successful schooling, he is even able to laugh at the spelling errors in his bottle post, and he takes the books on all his travels from now on. The text is filled with verbal jokes, enhanced by the excellent illustrations of the well-known illustrator, Nikolas Andrikopulos. (4+)
Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 240
Chatzēs, Giannēs (text)
Nachmias, Telēs (photos)
To stoicheio tēs Salonikēs. Sparaxikardia kōmōdia se praxeis treis kai skēnes oses Thelete
(The ghost of Saloniki)
Thessalonikē: Malliarēs Paideia, [ca 1997]. 48 p.
Shadow theater - Karagiozēs - Ghost - Metamorphosis
The young, talented actor, and author, Giannēs Chatzēs, presents a play from his shadow theater repertory, showing that this storytelling tradition is still very much alive in Greece today. The play tells about a ghost who keeps a young girl prisoner in the white tower of Thessaloníki. In the fairy-tale like ending, the famous Greek folk figure Karagiozē s has to intervene. The book is accompanied by stage photographs of a performance and directions for building a shadow theater stage and puppets. Chatzēs is known both for his performances and his writings about the Greek shadow theater. (5+) ☆
Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 241
Kanakēs, Nikos (text)
Gēorgopulos, Kōstas (illus.)
Ho lophos me tus korydalus
(The hill of larks)
Athēna: Patakēs, 1997. 132 p.
Country life - Everyday life
This collection of quite entertaining short stories depicts episodes of everyday life in the country, a world which is gradually disappearing but still holds charm and significance for the reader. Themes such as friendship, loyalty, helpfulness and also trickery and deception run through the texts. The life and activity of the protagonists are closely connected with their natural surroundings. (8+)
Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 242
San ta chelidonia
(Like the swallows)
Athēna: Patakēs, 1997. 71 p.
Tolerance - Grandfather/Grandson - Seeman - Gypsy - Friendship - Storytelling
This first work of the young, promising author, Helenē Katsama (*1973) is an intensive tale about individuality and tolerance. The young protagonist is very close to his grandfather, a former sea captain, who sometimes drinks a bit too much but tells wonderful, exciting tales. He has always impressed upon his grandson the need to be tolerant of differences. One day the grandfather ignores the signs of stormy weather and goes to sea. The grandson and a gypsy girl, whom he has befriended despite the disapproval of the village, risk their lives in vain to save him. (10+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 243
Krontēra, Lēda (text)
Liapē, Bally (illus.)
Protē gnōrimia me tus Delphus tu Apollōna
(First encounters with the Apollo Temple in Delphi)
Athēna: Ekdotikē Athēnōn, 1996. 142 p.
Delphi - Greece/Ancient times - Archeology
This is the fourth volume in the series about cultural sites in ancient Greece. It takes the reader to the fascinating landscape and mythology surrounding Delphi and tells, for example, about the religious significance of the competitions held in honor of Apollo. This book tells the history of this holy site from its founding up to the modern day and also offers an excursion into the world of musical instruments. With its rich assortment of visual documentation, this volume stands out as an all-encompassing survey. The excellent selection of illustratory materials, for which the publisher is well-known, is further proof that children's books can be appreciated by all ages. (9+) ☆
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 244
Tziapher Giasint Alē
Athēna: Patakēs, 1997. 170 p.
(Syllogē kyknoi; 26)
Cyprus - Friendship - Political conflict
This novel by one of Cyprus' best-known authors depicts the effects of the division of Cyprus on the daily life of the younger generation. The friendship between two young woman is put to the test when one of them gives shelter to a young Turkish man (in fact, Kurdish) and falls in love with him before helping him to flee to Germany. Her girlfriend doubts his claim of having a degree in agriculture because of his interest in poetry and the nature reserves on the island and has to decide whether to betray him (and her friend) to the police. Pyliōtu tells an exciting, suspenseful tale against an authentic background. (12+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 245
Simopulos, Dionysēs P.
Ho thanatos tōn astrōn
(The death of the stars)
Athēna: Ereunētes, 1997. 102 p.
(Ta mystika tu sympantos)
Astronomy - Stars
The second volume of the series »Secrets of the universe« by the internationally renown astrophysicist Dionysēs Simopulos describes the origin and death of stars. In the wide selection of color photos and drawings, he presents complicated questions of astronomy such as the significance of mass for the origins and death of stars, what a black hole is, where matter goes when it disappears into a black hole, or what a red giant is, in an easily understandable and humorful manner. (10+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 246
Skiadaresē, Maria E.
Athēna: Ammos, 1997. 55 p.
Greece/History 1821 - Sea battle - Fire ship - Kanarēs, Kōnstantinos
This book is an interesting account of an episode in the life of Kōnstantinos Kanarēs, a hero of the Greek revolution against the Turks in 1822, who was highly respected even by his enemies and later became a prudent and moderate politician. At the request of a Russian admiral, he relates in the first person his version of the attack which used burning ships set to explode after being tied to the enemy ships - a retaliatory measure following the massacre of Chios in 1822. The well-researched narrative brings a piece of European history alive and is accompanied by excellent visual graphics from several museums and a short biography of Kanarēs. (8+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1998 - 247
Zacharopulu, Katerina (ed.)
Tsoklēs, Kōstas (illus.)
Ho hagios Geōrgios kai ho pythōnas
(Saint George and the Python)
Athēna: Kastaniotēs, 1996.  p.
(Paichnidi me tēn technē)
St. George and the Dragon - Python - Art appreciation - Modern art - Tsokl's, KÇstas
The editor of the series »Fun with Art«, herself an artist, endeavors to acquaint younger children with contemporary Greek art. In this volume she offers an appreciative portrait of the internationally known artist Kōstas Tsoklēs. It is not only an activity book, but also an opportunity to let children be creative and interact with modern art in an uninhibited manner. (6+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 236
Alphabētari tēs Kypru
(An alphabet of Cyprus)
Athēna: Kaleidoskopio, 1997. 119 p.
Cyprus/History - Culture - Archaeology - Art - Political history
Using the alphabet to give form to the book, the history, rich culture, customs and everyday life of Cyprus are made vivid and accessible for readers of all ages. Writings ranging from the classical period to modern times document the eventful history of an island which has often been occupied during its history, but is still largely unknown beyond its borders. Short, pithy texts, enrichened with excellent, attractively designed illustrative matter have been chosen by experts for this excellent introduction to Cyprus that invites repeated browsing. A chronology of historical events rounds out this compact handbook of a country which will soon become a member of the European Union. It may be hoped that this new publishing house continues to present such meticulously edited books. (10+) ☆
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 237
Basileiu-Maninēs, Dēmētrēs (text)
Dugalē, Paschalē (illus.)
Stis pēges tēs historias: Megas Alexandros
(Alexander the Great V. 1-5)
Nea Smyrnē: Ekd. Akritas, 1997. 122 p.; 127 p.; 129 p.; 128 p.; 133 p.
ISBN 960-328-079-8; 960-328-080-1; 960-328-081-x; 960-328-082-8; 960-328-083-6
Alexander the Great
Demetres Manines, who is well-known for his translations from Ancient Greek, introduces children to the life of Alexander the Great through original texts from the antiquity. In particular he draws upon the writings of Arrianos, Plutarch and Ruphos without making any additional comments, thereby also encouraging the young reader to delve into the original writings by Alexander's contemporaries. The descriptive texts are translated word-for-word, and only the overly lengthy passages were carefully abridged without interrupting the flow of the story. (8+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 238
Chatzē, Giolanta (text)
Aigyptos. Hoi hellēnes zōgraphoi tu Phagium
(Egypt. The Greek painters of Al-Faiyūm)
Athēna: Ammos, 1998.  p.
Egypt/Art history 30 B.C. - Al-Faiyūm - Greek portrait painting
Beginning with a general introduction into Egyptian history and culture, with special emphasis on the Hellenistic Period, twelve portraits from this period, which have been splendidly preserved due to the dry climate, are presented and explained in a superlative manner. The reader learns how the clothing and jewelry of the naturalistically portrayed persons give indication of their social rank and about the painting techniques used. The editor, Euphrosyne Doxiade, a painter herself, has been working in this field for many years and has published the only internationally known scholarly work on these portraits. (10+) ☆
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 239
Kalerante, Euangelia (text)
Tsekura, Charis (illus.)
Me ton Elytē stēn Hellada
(With Elytis in Greece)
Athēna: Peribolaki, 1997.  p.
Elytis, Odysseas - Poetry/Greek
This is a highly successful attempt to present children the poetry of Odysseas Elytis, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1979. The author accomplishes the nearly impossible task of re-telling the themes, motifs and rhythms of his poetry without losing the vivid language and originality of his work, which draws on folk tradition. The illustrations are also modelled on the poet's works and harmonize well with the text. (8+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 240
Kapantaē, Ismēnē (text)
Desphiniōtu, Melina (illus.)
Sto krypho scholeio
(In the underground school)
Athēna: Potamos, 1997.  p.
Greece/Turkish occupation 1453-1821 - Resistance - Child - Everyday life - Rural life
This picture book puts an end to the myth originated in the 19th century about the clandestine Greek schooling which was said to have existed during the Turkish period of occupation (1453-1821). Beginning with a famous painting on this theme by Nikolaos Gyzes, the author allows two children come to life and take the reader on a tour of the everyday life of the rural society during the period of occupation. The children are fascinated not only by their early morning walk to school, but also by the story of Odysseus which they learn there and later tell to their uncle, a Klephtes, a Greek nationalist living in the mountains. The pictures by the young illustrator, Melina Desphiniotu (*1962) have a fascinating power of expression and hold promise for future children's books. (5+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 241
Muntes, Matthaios (text)
Kordēs, Giōrgos (illus.)
Histories apo tē Biblo. Palaia Diathēkē
(Stories from the Bible)
Athēna: Kastaniōtēs, 1998. 140 p.
(Neanikē bibliothēkē ; 192)
Old Testament - New Testament - Children's Bible
Stories from the Old and the New Testament are re-told here in two volumes by the highly esteemed Byzaninist Matthaios Muntes and fill a significant gap in the Greek children's literature. Both volumes are greatly enriched by the illustrations of the well-known icon painter Giōrgos Kordēs (*1956). (9+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 242
Psilakēs, Nikos (text)
Papadēmētriu, Angelo (illus.)
(The gods of Crete)
Hērakleion: Karmanōr, [1998?]. 117 p.
(Mythologia / Nikos Psilakēs)
Crete/Mythology - Crete/Sculptures
In this re-telling of the Greek mythology, the journalist and writer Nikos Psilakēs gives a highly vivid narration of the legends of the ancient gods of Crete. A particularly noteworthy feature of the book is its illustration with photos of sculptures which were created especially for this project, making this an nonpareil bibliophilic edition . (6+) ☆
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 243
Attikē. Mia oikologikē periēgēsē sto parelthon kai to mellon
(Attika. An ecological tour through the past and future)
Athēna: Sabbalas, 1996. 271 p.
(Anoiktes epistēmes ; 11)
Attika (Greece) - Ecology
This is just one title in a series of information books for young adults which offers well-founded treatments on an astonishly wide selection of themes, ranging from topics such as earthquakes, the universe and cosmology, to the values of ancient Greek civilization. This volume, prepared by a writer with a strong commitment to ecology and a clear, concise style of writing, deals with the history of Attika and its multi-faceted ecological situation in historical and contemporary contexts. The reader becomes acquainted with scholarly writing while acquiring a clear overview of the topic, which is also documented in an extensive bibliography. (14+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 1999 - 244
Skiadaresē, Maria E. (text)
Zarkada, Marilē (illus.)
Ho thēsauros tu Asprogenē
Athēna: Patakēs, 1998.  p.
Island - Individualism - Consumerism - Homecoming
Fed up with life in the big city, a man returns to his home on an island, only to find it thoroughly changed. No longer does one find the old folk gathering at the central square, there is no bread to be found at the bakery, no fishermen in their boats. The only familiar figure still remaining from once-told stories seems to be the beard of the pirate Asprogenes (»Whitebeard«) and this helps the story's hero to re-introduce happiness and a sense of community among the inhabitants of the island. (5+)
Greece (Greek) - 2001 - 232
Ampatielu, Anna (text)
Stamatiu-Kōtsakē, Nina (illus.)
Peiraias, taxidiōtes sto chrono
(Pireus, a travel in time)
[Athēna] : Entos, 2000. 95 p.
Pireus - 19th and 20th centuries - Everyday life
This book traces the development of Pireus from a medieval village to a prospering portuary city, after Athens had been declared the new capital of the young, independent state in 1832. Drawing on various primary sources, such as accounts by foreign travellers of the 19th century, statistics and newspaper clippings, the author succeeds in giving a differentiated, socially critical overview and a lively impression of the locals' everyday life. This is a real book for browsing in which the reader will always discover some new aspects in the texts and in the accurate but expressive illustrations which capture the atmosphere of this city marvelously. (9+)
Greece (Greek) - 2001 - 233
Domēnikos Theotokopulos, ho Hellēnas
(Domēnikos Theotokopulos, the Greek)
Athēna : Ammos, 1999.  p.
Domēnikos Theotokopulos <El Greco>
The publishing house presents yet another well edited art-book for children. It shows the development of art in the context of contemporary society and ways of thinking, focusing on one of the most enticing periods of European art history. The biography of El Greco (1541-1614), who worked with great masters on Creta, in Venice and Rome before settling in Toledo in Spain, unfolds against this intense cultural backdrop which brings forth works of art. The book succeeds in evoking this time of change with great vividness and careful differentiation. A table of illustrations and a description of some of El Greco's works complete this book and prepare the way for those who want to know more about his work. (10+)
Greece (Greek) - 2001 - 234
Gynaikeia Logotechnikē Syntrophia (ed.)
Tsitsikas, Thanasēs (illus.)
Stēn palia mu geitonia
(In my old neighbourhood)
Athēna : Kastaniōtēs, 2000. 221 p.
(Neanikē bibliothēkē ; 215 : Zōē kai koinōnia)
Greece/20th century - Child - Everyday life
Some of the best known contemporary women writers for children's literature in Greece (all members of the GLS, the first union of women writers active in the realm of literature for children and young adults) present various short stories exploring the topic »Our old neighbourhood«. Because the authors are from different generations and come from many regions of the country, the anthology gives a vivid impression of life in 20th century Greece. The childhood memories are free of retrospect embellishment or nostalgia. The subjects are as colourful as life itself, including seri- ous ones such as the fate of refugee children, poverty, or the time under German occupation during World War II, which are all documented without pretence or accusation. (10+) ☆
Greece (Greek) - 2001 - 235
Karkabitsas, Andreas (text)
Pulos, Kōstas (adapt.)
Andrikopulos, Nikolas (illus.)
Athēna : Papadopulos, 1999.  p.
Sea - Mermaid - Alexander the Great
This is one of the first picture books of a promising new series proposing adaptations of classical, modern Greek literature for children accompanied by new illustrations. A. Karkabitsas (1865-1922) tells the well-known myth of the mermaid who is desperately looking for her brother, Alexander the Great. She enquires seamen for his whereabouts. Upon the news of Alexander's presumed death, the mermaid is so upset that she sinks the boat with mariners and all. Knowing this, a mariner assures her that her brother is still alive. N. Andrikopulos, one of the foremost contemporary Greek illustrators, once again pays tribute to his talent: His vivid and colourful pictures capture the dramatic highlights of the scenes and sustain the suspense, revealing yet another facet of his artistic mastery. (5+)
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Kliapha, Marula (text)
Malisiobas, Giōrgos (illus.)
Tromaktika paramythia gia atromēta paidia
(Gruesome tales from dauntless children)
Athēna : Kedros, 1999. 148 p.
Thessalia - Gruesome tale
The well-known author Maroula Kliapha presents yet another anthology of gruesome tales which she has collected from storytellers in her native region Thessalia during the 70s. This background of oral tradition endows the tales with a special narrative quality. Reading them, one can easily picture the storytellers who knew their craft and fascinated their listeners. These tales are characterised by lively characters and a strong sense of humour. An appendix names the storytellers with their approximated date of birth. (6+)
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Kynēgu-Phlampura, Maria (text)
Anasiadēs, Makēs (illus.)
Athēna : Labyrinthos, 1999. 51 p.
Future <2028> - Short-stories
In four rather conventional short stories, the popular writer for children's literature envisions a future scenario set in 2028: Young adult protagonists master all the trials confronting them on their expeditions into the depths of the earth, to the bottom of the sea, high up into the air and even out into space. The fine images created by the young graphic artist M. Anasiades are of great impact; they impressively stand out amongst the common illustrations of contemporary children's books. They prove that graphic artists from the commercial sector in Greece have long been successfully active in book illustration. This is a promising work, letting us await further productions by this illustrator with great anticipation. (8+)
Greece (Greek) - 2001 - 238
Perpatōntas stēn Athēna : enas hodēgos tēs polēs gia paidia
(A stroll through Athens : a city guide for children)
Athēna : Kaleidoskopio, 1999. 109 p.
Athens - Everyday life - City guide
By children and for children, this first city guide of Athens is a truly successful outcome of a school project by school children from middle school. The main focus is on the historical city centre and the surroundings of the children's school, encompassing ancient and contemporary history of everyday life. Since the hints come from children, they will certainly appeal to other children. This is more than a simple city guide. It is a book with plenty of stimulating suggestions to accompany you throughout the city's seasons. The handy format and the attractive design pay tribute to the publisher's awareness of children's needs and interests. (7+)
Greece (Greek) - 2001 - 239
Hē ekdikēsē tōn manitariōn
(The mushrooms' revenge)
Athēna : Ankyra, 1999. 86 p.
(Synchronē logotechnia gia neus ; 13 : Hellēnes syngrapheis)
The renowned writer of young adult fiction, Litsa Psaraute, nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2000, once again displays her mastery of the narrative craft in this collection of short stories. She adopts a sober, sparse yet gripping tone to relate these original true-to-life stories, making this book a real page-turner. (11+)
Special Mention - Greece (Greek) - 2001 - 240
Remundos, Giannēs (text)
Kapatsulia, Natalia (illus.)
Pōs ta perases sto Bolo, Kōstak‘?
(How did it go in Volos, Kōstak‘?)
Athēna : Psychogios, 2000. 188 p.
(Xinomēlo ; 2)
Boy - Summer - School holidays - Rural life
Giann‘s Remundos (born 1950) tells the humorous and entertaining story of a boy's adventures during the summer holidays which he spends with relatives in the country. He develops the characters with all their little shortcomings and weaknesses; the fine illustrations by Natalia Kapatsulia have their share in giving an ironic touch. This witty text offers unrelenting reading-pleasure to children and adults alike – the smile will not leave the reader's lips. (9+)
(Gynaikeia Logotechnike Syntrophia Award; 1999)
Greece (Greek) - 2002 - 233
Hēliopulos, Bangelēs (text)
Barbarusē, Lēda (illus.)
Trigōnopsarulēs enantion Megalu Karcharia
(Little fish against giant shark)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2000.  p.
Sea – Courage – Friendship
Hell is loose in these originally illustrated depths of the sea. Because of his popularity, the courageous and environmentally conscious Trigonopsarules (»triangle fish«) is a thorn in the flesh of the merciless giant shark. Dreaded by all, he wants to pierce the secret of his rival's success and invites him to dinner. Equipped with a tricky tie, the clever little fish accepts the invitation. The shark's attack proves to be fatal: The jealous giant loses all his teeth and, on top of that, all his friends. Only the bold Trigonopsarules stays to feed him planctonsoup and strives for his re-integration into society. Together, the award-winning author and the wellknown graphic artist have created a beautiful picture book for children. (6+)
Greece (Greek) - 2002 - 234
Phrankulē, Phōteinē (text)
Tsaknia, Euē (illus.)
To miso pithari
(Half a jug)
Athēna : Hellēnika Grammata, 2000. 32 p.
(Seira: Histories gia paidia)
Greek history – Love of one's country – International understanding
The renowned educationalist Phōteinē Phrankulē masterfully tells the superbly illustrated story of Eleni and her beloved grandfather, who brings the people, nature and the past of her native Lesbos close to her. He teaches her to preserve memories like dispersed and broken pieces of antique pottery. After his death, Eleni keeps coming back to these sights of her childhood as a grown-up woman to be true to his legacy. For everything tells of the ancestors' labour and sweat but also of the miseries of the refugees from both countries: Here is Lesbos, there is Asia-Minor, the former Greek home, and in between, the silver, starry strip of the Aegean Sea. Surely, the other half of the collected pottery must lie on the opposite, Turkish coast. (9+) ☆
Greece (Greek) - 2002 - 235
Kalogeropulu, Xenia (text)
Misuras, Tasos (illus.)
(The slave boy)
Athēna : Kedros, 2000. 68 p.
Duty – Fulfilment – Faithfulness – Love
Once upon a time there was a prince who parted on a quest for the beautiful princess with the blue rose. On this long and dangerous journey, he was accompanied by his older brother, illegitimate son of the king and a slave. The princess fell in love with the slave-boy but married the prince. The loyal slave continued to serve his brother without saying a word of his secret love until, one day, he was accused of an attempted murder on the prince. Actress Xenia Kalogeropulu, well experienced in children's theatre, has brilliantly adapted this fascinating folktale from Simi for the stage and produced a wonderfully illustrated play. (10+)
Greece (Greek) - 2002 - 236
Kamaratu-Giallusē, Eirēnē (text)
Phasianos, Alekos (illus.)
To dentro tēs eutychias
(The tree of happiness)
Athēna : Ekd. Periplus, 2000. 27 p.
The great contemporary painter Alekos Phasianos has masterfully transposed this wonderful story of the search for happiness into pictures. The greedy fruit trees suffer terribly from their status symbol, necklaces of fruit-pits, until, one day, a search for the tree of happiness is undertaken. The long and arduous journey finally leads to the desired tree of happiness, which generously offers its fruits to the hovering, singing birds. The good news soon spread among the selfish trees, and soon their lives are radically changed by the newly experienced joys of giving. (8+)
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Oneira kai gelia
(Dreams and laughter)
Athēna : Kastaniōtēs, 1999. 170 p.
Puberty – Media
Using colloquial language interspersed with English expressions, a puberty-plagued teenager talks about everyday life and the usual troubles with family and school. Torn between hip clothing, profound thoughts, and diffuse dreams about his future, rather shy with the opposite sex, he is nevertheless courageous enough to save the life of a minister's son. He becomes a media-star, and suddenly, his life changes. The author, known through her novels, articles, and translations, engulfs the readers with her amusing style. She raises her hero, who lives in a cold, technology- and media-dominated world, to a representative of today's teenagers and traces his way into adulthood with great sympathy. (13+)
Greece (Greek) - 2002 - 238
Papadiamantēs, Alexandros (text)
Pulos, Kōstas (adapt.)
Sbetlin (i.e. Vasilev Svetlin) (illus.)
(Man of many questions)
Athēna : Papadopulos, 2001.  p.
(Seira »Ta Hellēnika«)
Simple life – Human fate
The book is set in 1870: Alexis Kaloskeris, an experienced fisherman and head of a family, has a hard time earning his daily bread. When the law prescribes a substitute captain, Kaloskeris is devastated. To survive, he invents Jannis Pantarotas and is often forced to bribe the officials with little delicacies. But when two thieves steal his boat – and therewith the basis of his livelihood – he promises never again to break maritime law. The love of nature and of his home-country characterise the entire works of Alexandros Papadiamantēs (1851- 1911), no doubt the most prominent Greek author. His heroes are the »Misérables« of his times: the simple, poor people, deeply marked by their bitter experiences of life. (10+)
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Sakka-Nikolakopulu, Nannina (text)
Kalantzakēs, Dēmētrēs (illus.)
Milōn ho Krotōniatēs
(Milo of Kroton)
Athēna : Phytrakēs, 2001. 116 p.
Ancient Greece – Olympic spirit – Sports
This brilliant historical novel, illustrated with marvellous vase paintings, is set in the glorious times of Magna Graecia. It conjures up the Olympic spirit that united the Greeks in peace and reminded them of their common origin, language, and religion. Milo, one of the greatest athletes of Antiquity, was born around 552 BC; at the age of 16, he took part in the 61st Olympic Games. He was Olympic victor six times and also won several other sports games in Greece. At the 67th Olympic Games in 512 BC, legendary Milo was defeated by his best student. Trainer of athletes, follower of Pythagoras, deeply religious and much admired, he continued his life striving for the reconciliation of his home-town and Sybaris. (13+)
Greece (Greek) - 2003 - 228
Barella, Angelikē (text)
Barbarusē, Lēda (illus.)
Deka santuits me histories
(Ten sandwiches with stories)
Athēna : Psychogios, 2002. 116p.
Everyday life – Tradition
In this book, a collection of ten humorous stories is offered as an unusual »bookish snack«! Each story is accompanied by two texts, one at the beginning and one at the end. In these texts, the writer explains what happened before each story was written and what followed after it was finished, thus presenting it like a »sandwich«. At the same time, she allows the young readers to discover the secrets of her work. A variety of themes drawn from everyday life, tradition, or personal experiences, form an amusing book, which touches on family relations, migrants’ problems, new technologies, and imagination. (9+)
Greece (Greek) - 2003 - 229
Hēliopulos, Bangelēs (text)
Kelemendrō, Hellē (illus.)
Ho Phōkos nomize oti ēthele na koimatai me parea
(Phōkos thought he wanted to sleep with company)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2002.  p.
(Phōkos ; 3)
Fear – Sleep – Dream
Phōkos, a young seal, thinks he needs his parents’ company to sleep well. He insists so much, that his parents finally let him sleep in their bed, but they move to his bedroom. Then father and mother find out that they have children’s dreams, while Phōkos has the dreams of adults. Now, Phōkos is the one who wants to convince his parents to sleep in their own bedroom, because he wants his dreams back! This charming and cheerful small book is one of a threebook series with a constantly distressed and worried Phōkos as its protagonist. In the other two books, Phōkos thinks (a) that he is ill, and (b) that he hates school. (4+)
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He sphentona tu Dabid
Athēna : Patakēs, 2002. 211 p.
(Synchronē logotechnia gia paidia kai gia neus : Syllogē peristeria ; 100)
Dictatorship – Resistance – Elementary School – Censorship
In the years of the Greek junta (1967-1974), a young teacher dares to talk about the differences between dictatorship and democracy. The children see how moved she is and decide to start their own resistance. They order weapons from Father Christmas, especially a »secret« weapon. The father of two pupils starts corresponding with a cousin of his, owner of a toy factory in a neighbouring country. Since the correspondence is under surveillance, the dictators believe it is about an actual conspiracy. So they send the army to the border. On the day the toys are expected, the lorries are searched. There are no weapons, only toys, and instead of a »secret« weapon, only a sling is found. The junta is ridiculed. David has defeated Goliath once more. (9+)
(Greek State Prize for Children’s Literature; 2001)
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Kontoleōn, Manos Dēmētriu (text)
Mendrinu, Anna (illus.)
Paramythia apo topus tēs Aphrikēs
(Folktales from Africa)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2002. 35 p.
(He yphēlios tōn paramythiōn ; 2)
Africa/Folktale – Wisdom – Imagination
This is the second volume of the series »He yphēlios tōn paramythiōn« (The universe of fairytales), aiming to give young readers the opportunity to get to know far-away places through the tales of their people. So, in this volume, children can read about the adventures of a man who put fire on the top of a mountain (Ethiopia); hear a potato talking (Guinea); learn why the frog lost its tail (Tanzania); be informed about why people follow the moon’s lifestyle and not that of a banana (Madagascar); meet children who were born on a fig tree (Kenya); and listen to a hunter talking to his flute (Nigeria). These traditional African tales are retold in a fascinating way and illustrated by an experienced artist. (7+)
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Mpulōtēs, Chrēstos (text)
Kunturēs, Michalēs (illus.)
Ho kalos magos Lelumplin metakomizei stēn Athēna
(The good wizard Lelumplin moves to Athens)
Athēna : Minōas, 2002. 34 p.
Wizard – Environment – Athens
A good wizard, named Lelumplin, arrives in Athens riding a flying stove to change many things in the city: Transform every useless object into a toy; enlarge the places where children can play; give all the children a flying balloon made of chewing-gum and take them on a trip over the islands. Moreover, he plans to set all the statues of the museums free for a night walk; invite all the world’s wizards and many famous fairytale heroes to a crazy party – and a lot more. He succeeds in all his efforts but one: He cannot change the minds of some grown-ups who dislike his achievements. So he remains on a cloud over Athens trying to find a magic recipe and make the imagination of those stubborn people grow, before moving to another city for similar reasons. (7+)
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To chthes tu erōta
Athēna : Patakēs, 2001. 297 p.
(Synchronē logotechnia gia neus : Syllogē parusies ; 31)
First love – Dictatorship – Resistance
This is a love story born in the late 1960s, under the military dictatorship in Greece. A stranger arrives on the island where 13-year-old Maria lives with her family. Why did he come? Why is he hiding? What is this precious load he is carrying? During her effort to answer these questions, the young heroine falls in love with the newcomer. He is a junta-fighter and has a dangerous mission to fulfill. Maria helps him as much as she can. When the mission is over, the stranger leaves the island secretly. His departure drives Maria to despair. But years later, when democracy has been restored, he comes back and the love story ends happily. This fascinating novel won the 2002 „Diabazō» magazine annual award for young adult literature. (12+)
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Ta terata tu lophu
(Monsters on the hill)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2002. 161 p.
(Synchronē logotechnia gia paidia kai gia neus : Syllogē peristeria ; 104)
Racism – Xenophobia – Neo-Nazism
Twelve-year-old Olga sees something she had never imagined. She meets real life monsters, who hate, fight, and even kill anyone who is a »stranger« or different: A group of young Neo- Nazi racists attack refugees and the children of immigrant workers. Olga and her family show true understanding for those people, and thus become targets of the racists. On the eve of a wedding, Olga falls into the Neo-Nazis’ hands and lives through an adventure, which puts her life at risk. A breathtaking novel depicting with realism the phenomenon of racism and Neo-Nazism, which, although not on a large scale, tends to grow nowadays in Greece, too. The young protagonist experiences a nightmare that shows her the meaning of savagery, but also of courage and daring. (10+)
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Oneira apo metaxi
(Dreams made of silk)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2002. 193 p.
(Synchronē logotechnia gia paidia kai gia neus : Syllogē kyknoi ; 51)
Family conflict – Divorce – Puberty
On an Aegean island, the Kapsalēs family (a busy father, a beautiful mother of Danish origin, an adolescent daughter, a younger son and a grandmother) live their everyday life quietly, until the arrival of a stranger. Paolo Pinneli comes unexpectedly to give back an ancient »article« stolen by his father during the Italian occupation of the island in World War II. Pinelli’s arrival rekindles long-buried animosities and threatens the family’s unity. Eventually, the family breaks apart. Diana, the teenage heroine, describes her mother’s departure with Pinelli, the effect this act has on her life and her own journey toward self-awareness and understanding of others. This powerful novel successfully deals with contemporary problems and anxieties of young people. (10+)
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Tribizas, Eugenios (text)
West, Stephen (illus.)
Hē teleutaia maurē gata
(The last black cat)
Athēna : Hellēnika Grammata, 2001. 367 p.
Racism – Exclusion – Extermination
On an imaginary island, some superstitious people believe that black cats bring bad luck. After severe persecutions and horrible atrocities, all black cats are killed and only one, the protagonist of the story, remains alive. However, through a miracle, this cat manages to bring back his friends and founds a new family. The persecutioners are punished and peace returns. Yet, in the end, the protagonist fears that people will soon forget the terrible things that happened. Rich in imagination, language, and ideas, this novel with an animal protagonist brings forward the problem of racism in a vivid, tragic and at the same time humorous way. Skillfully written, this book soon became a bestseller not only for children but for adults as well. (10+)
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Hē Konstantina kai oi arachnes tēs
(Konstantina and her spiders)
Athēna : Kedros, 2002. 240 p.
Family conflict – Divorce – Drug addiction
Konstantina lives in Germany with her parents. When they decide to get divorced, she is driven to despair. To help her face the situation, the parents send the girl to Greece to live with her granny. Yet, there the situation gets only worse because Granny cannot understand Konstantina’s problems and anxieties. She only thinks and talks of her past, especially the years of the Second World War and her part in the Greek Resistance against the Nazis. Thus Konstantina becomes an easy victim to a bad acquaintance, who pulls her into drug addiction. She ends up stealing her granny’s stamp collection to get money for the drugs. Her return to normal life proves to be extremely difficult and can only be achieved with the support of her family. (12+)
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Basilakē, Poly (text)
Berutsu, Katerina (illus.)
To chrysopsaro tu uranu
(The goldfish from the sky)
Athēna : Kedros, 2003.  p.
Time – Art
One day, when the clocks on earth stop ticking, a goldfish falls from the sky and finds himself in the hands of a newspaper photographer. He is put in a bowl and named Goldie. Through the glass, Goldie observes the journalists and, every time the clock on the wall stops ticking for a while, he goes in and out of his bowl. Thus, he discovers the meaning of sadness and oblivion, and learns about the effects of war and death on human nature. One day, Goldie comes across a lonesome artist who has captured the calmness of a moment on his canvass, and thus experiences the soothing effects of art. (7+)
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Chatzudē-Tunta, Helenē (text)
Gusēs, Spyros (illus.)
Hoi karyatides metrane ta phengaria : mia alēthinē historia pu egine epanō stēn Akropolē
(The Caryatids count the moons)
Athēna : Ankyra, 2003. 43 p.
Archeology – Parthenon – Caryatids
This book tells a story mixing fact and fantasy. Every night, the Caryatids, five female marble sculptures of the famous Greek Parthenon, lament the ‘kidnapping’ of their sixth sister by Lord Elgin. Their only consolation is the company of the Parthenon’s attendant Zēsēs Sōtēriu, a real person who lived in the 19century and argued that the marble girl should return to Athens from the British Museum. He tried absolutely everything and informed important people, in the hope that they could help. The problem remained unsolved, yet Sōtēriu’s efforts were continued by the famous Melina Merkouri in the 20th century. Today, the marble girls have reason to hope that their sister will at last return to where she truly belongs. (8+)
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Dikaiu, Helenē (text)
Karageōrgiu, Luiza (illus.)
Hoi peripeteies tu Odyssea
Athēna : Patakēs, 2003.  p.
Odyssey – Ulysses – Adventure
This book retells Homer’s famous Odyssey in a simplified way easily comprehensible for young children. The adventures of Ulysses and his companions are vividly and attractively narrated in a concise form, beginning at the time when the Trojan War ends and the group leaves Troy until the moment when Ulysses returns to Ithaca many years later. The illustrator has successfully combined computer generated images with handdrawn art. To depict the figures, she drew the outlines on paper and then applied the colours using computer graphics, while the landscapes and buildings were created using a 3D graphics software. (7+)
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Ena dasos gia dekatreis
(A forest for thirteen)
Athēna : Hellēnika Grammata, 2003. 60 p.
Forest – Fantasy – Cooperation
Thirteen illustrators (N. Andrikopulos, F. Bakalē, L. Barbarusē, S. Gusēs, N. Kapatsoulia, E. Mela, Z. Mela-Flōru, D. Orontē, B. Papatsaruchas, D. Parisē, M. Pelōnēs, B. Psarakē, F. Stephanidē), who are all members of IBBY Greece, worked together in a four-day workshop to write and illustrate their own short stories or rhymes about the forest. The result was a collective work with interesting variety both in illustration and narrative, which has been published as an attractive picture book containing thirteen short texts and giving a characteristic sample of each illustrator’s work. (5+)
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Merika, Lena (text)
Denezakē, Liana (illus.)
Athēna : Kedros, 2003. 82 p.
Unemployment – Family – Gender role
When the family father loses his job, the mother starts working full time. Therefore, someone must run the household and take care of the children. The unemployed father undertakes this task willingly despite the gossip of some neighbours and relatives. He proves to be a perfect »house-husband « and at the same time starts a new career as a writer of cookbooks. This fast-paced novel humorously deals with a contemporary social issue and truthfully depicts the economic difficulties and other problems many families have to face when one of the parents suddenly becomes jobless. (7+)
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Myrat, Gianna (text)
Dēmos, Chrēstos (illus.)
Gia panta mazi : mia magikē peripeteia me ena phlauto kai ena klarineto
Athēna : Kastaniōtēs, 2003.  p.
Music – Jealousy
The flute and the clarinet, who both work together in an orchestra, are best friends. A mean witch is so jealous of their friendship that she strives to separate them using the wind, the rain, the heat, and other natural phenomena. But luckily enough, there are some kind fairies who care and help the two friends. Referring to pieces of classical music, and accompanied by a CD, this entertaining book helps children to enter both the fairy tale realm and the world of music. (5+)
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Pantelēs, Zuras (text)
Papatheu-Dulēgerē, Christina (illus.)
Paramythia tēs Kalabrias
(Folk tales from Calabria)
Nea Smyrnē : Akritas, 2003. 116 p.
In this volume, original folk tales from the Southern Italian region of Calabria where people of Greek origin have lived for centuries, are retold in a poetic way. Ettore Castagna’s introduction in Greek and Italian gives the necessary information about the area and its history, while some instructive maps accompany the book. This fascinating collection presents folk tales full of wisdom, imagination, and traditional elements. (7+)
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Pulos, Kōstas (text)
Karantinu, Eva (illus.)
Ho Spyros Luēs kai hoi prōtoi Olympiakoi Agōnes
(Spyros Luēs and the first Olympic Games)
Athēna [Metamorphōsē Attikēs] : Papadopulos, 2003.  p.
Olympics – Luēs, Spyros – Biography – Courage
The first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 and their preparation form the background to the story told in this illustrated book, which focuses on the athlete Spyros Luēs, the first winner of the Marathon race. Emphasis is placed on the difficulties he had to face, his courage, and his strong wish to win. Biographical data of the athlete are subtly interspersed with the narrative, which also gives information about the other personalities involved in the revival of the Olympics and refers to some relevant historical events. This description of the way of life in Athens at the end of 19century helps young readers to understand the atmosphere of that time. (7+)
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Rōssē-Zaïrē, Rena (text)
Kapatsulia, Natalia (illus.)
Ho nanos kai hoi epta chionates
(The dwarf and the seven Snow Whites)
Athēna : Minōas, 2003. 34 p.
Folk tale – Parody – Reversal
The well-known fairy tale of Snow White is reversed in this richly illustrated book. A rabbit narrates the strange things it saw in the forest: Seven girls, who look exactly like Snow White, hide and take care of a young dwarf. The dwarf is persecuted by his step mother, who wants to kill him because her mirror says the boy is better than his father, the king. The end of the story is equally reversed: A young princess passing by on her horse brings the dead dwarf back to life. (5+)
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Tasaku, Tzemē (text)
Zalimē, Eleutheria (illus.)
To krypho monopati
(The secret path)
Athēna : Psychogios, 2003. 128 p. + 1 CD
(Xinomēlo ; 18)
Migration – School – Racism – Friendship
Albert, an 11-year-old boy, and his family are migrants from Albania. They live in a small Greek village and work hard to make their living. Young Albert is confronted with signs of racism at school and feels hurt and unhappy until a neighbour, a strange young lady and would-be writer, becomes Albert’s friend. Her fascinating company helps him face the situation. A ‘secret’ path that Albert tries to explore symbolises his efforts to find his own way of leading a normal and meaningful life. In the end, he is sure that this ‘path’ is a way of understanding, knowledge, love, and forgiveness. (9+) ☆
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Autzēs, Merkurios (text)
Andrikopulos, Nikolas (illus.)
Thelō mono na paixō mazi su
(I just want to play with you)
Athēna : Hellēnika Grammata, 2004. 25 p.
Disability – Differentness – Friendship – Down’s syndrome
Manos suffers from Down’s syndrome, something that makes him ›different‹ from many other children. Playing with the neighbourhood kids is the only thing he really wants to do. Convinced that he knows how to play games very well, he is surprised when he notices that some children severely snub him and try to avoid him. He decides to secretly follow them to the small stream where they usually go to catch butterflies. There, being persistent and spontaneous, Manos manages to give them a lesson based on nature and its secrets and is finally accepted. This book will help young readers realise that children who suffer from Down’s syndrome have the same right to live and are very well able to participate in other kids’ social activities. (5+)
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Barbarusē, Lēda (text/illus.)
Ena psari pu den hēxere na kolympaei!
(A fish that didn’t know how to swim)
Athēna : Papadopulos, 2004.  p.
(Trelodankōnitses ; 7)
Loneliness – Decisiveness – Friendship
A little fish decides to leave its fishbowl because it doesn’t want to be lonely anymore. Things are different in the lake though: The fish doesn’t even dare to swim into the deep water. However, in the end, it finds the strength to fight its fears and insecurity and thus decides to stay in its natural habitat. This affectionate children’s book proves how insistence, decisiveness, and friendship can help us overcome difficulties. Its simple, rhymed text written in particularly rhythmical verse lends itself perfectly to reading aloud to very young children. The author has also created the exceptionally humorous and amusing pictures. (4+)
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Hēliopulos, Bangelēs (text)
Phentele, Kiara (illus.)
Hotan ho bibliopontikas synantēse tēn Tita Grabiera
(When Mr. Big Book-Mouse met Ms. Tita Gruyere)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2004. 28 p.
(Chōris sōsibio : Epipedo 2, psarakia ; 5; Chōris sōsibio epipedos)
Romance – Book – Effort
Mr. Big Book-Mouse feeds on books. When he falls in love at first sight with Ms. Tita Gruyere, the librarian, he decides to change his habits. He starts looking for a job but doesn’t manage to find one and thus decides to become Ms. Tita Gruyere’s assistant in the library. Yet, how can he resist so many delicious books around him? In a moment of weakness, he takes a huge bite from a very old and rare book. The librarian gets extremely angry, while he makes a desperate attempt to replace the missing bit and faithfully promises never to bite into a book again! Except for the ones that children secretly offer to him. The combination of lively pictures full of brainwaves and an amusing text makes young readers identify themselves with the heroes of the story and share their love of books. (6+)
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Kanaba, Zōē (text)
Papatheu-Dulēgerē, Christina (illus.)
Hoi praxeis tōn Apostolōn gia paidia kai neus
(The acts of the Apostles) (Akritas paidika)
Athēna : Akritas, 2004. 205 p.
Religion – Christianity – New Testament
St. Luke narrates to young Theophilos what happened after Jesus Christ’s Resurrection and what the Apostles did to spread Christianity during the years that followed. This is the author’s way of presenting a vivid, attractive, yet accurate version of the Acts of the Apostles in a language easily understandable for young readers. The illustrations of the book are inspired by the Byzantine tradition. (10+)
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Kokkinakē, Nena (text)
Papanikolau, Pōlina (illus.)
Sōcratēs : ho daskalos tōn aiōnōn
(Socrates : a teacher over the centuries)
Athēna : Ankyra, 2003. 51 p.
Socrates – Philosophy – History – Greece/Ancient times
Socrates, who has been a great teacher for centuries, taught in ancient Athens and went down in history as a paragon of wisdom and consistency. The way he lived his life and the fact that he chose to accept to die instead of breaking the laws set an example that promoted absolute trust in laws. Humankind has always referred to his name with great respect because he is considered to be one of the greatest philosophers. Through this book, children have the opportunity to get in touch with the legendary philosopher’s life and with his method of teaching. (10+)
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Kontoleōn, Manos (text)
Markolin, Marina (illus.)
»Mazy tha perasume to cheimōna«, eipe to helato
(»We’ll spend the winter together«, the fir tree said)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2004.  p.
Christmas – Friendship – Winter – Forest
Winter is approaching but there are still birds that have not managed to leave for the warmer countries. While desperately trying to find a tree to rest on, these birds go to an acacia first, which sends them away because it does not want them to spoil its beauty. Next, they fly to a sycamore tree and to a chestnut, but in vain. It is only the fir tree that allows them to settle down on its branches. Their colourful wings dress the tree and turn it into the first and most beautiful Christmas tree ever. This fairy tale-like story offers an explanation of how the custom of decorating Christmas trees originally started. The poetic text and the aesthetic pictures are full of tenderness and affection. (4+)
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Kontos, Giannēs (text)
Phasianos, Alekos (illus.)
Ta christugenna erchontai
(Christmas is coming)
Athēna : Kedros, 2004.  p.
Christmas – Tradition – Customs
Little John lives in Athens and eagerly awaits Christmas – just like most children do. However, children are not the only ones who want Christmas to come: According to the tradition in Greece, some little goblins also look forward to it. These little creatures live under the Earth and climb up to its surface only during Christmas in order to make mischief and tease people. In little John’s house, though, they do not manage to spoil the Christmas spirit. This book is dedicated to children who know how to happily enjoy the Christmas days. The well-known Greek poet Giannēs Kontos has created a text full of sensitivity and nostalgia while the famous painter Alekos Phasianos has painted pictures in the same mood and spirit. (5+)
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Parashu, Sophia (text)
Karapanu, Despoina (illus.)
Ke hoi kakoi echun psychē
(Bad guys have feelings, too)
Athēna : Psychogios, 2004. 159 p.
Fairy tale – Humour – Imagination
The ›bad guys‹ of all the classical fairy tales decide to hold a meeting to ask their storytellers to change their character. They don’t want to play their traditional role anymore because they never even had a choice. Naturally, they are fully aware that, although they survive so many dangerous situations in their fairy tales, nobody really likes them even though it is definitely not their fault. Andersen, Perrault, the Grimm Brothers, and all the other participants of the meeting, however, decide that fairy tales have no reason for existence without all these ›bad guys‹ in them. Just imagine: What would Little Red Riding Hood be without the wolf? This text includes elements about the theory of children’s literature that are so humorous and well-presented that even very young readers can easily understand them. (10+)
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Patroklu, Lila (text)
Papatsaruchas, Basilēs (illus.)
Athēna : Kastōr, 2004. 29 p.
Journey – Fantasy – Effort
Chrysula, a camel with a heart of gold, lives in Jordan but dreams of Sweden. She is so tired of the heat in her home country that every night she imagines how she would move to a country full of snow and ice. She finally decides to stop dreaming and do something instead; thus, she goes off on a long journey. After a route of hardship and suffering through Russia, she passes the snow-white fields of Finland and eventually arrives in Sweden. Her dream has finally come true! After all, perseverance and willpower are the best way to complete a difficult task. This book received an award for its unique illustrations that liberate children’s imagination and make them travel to their dream land with Chrysula as their companion. (5+)
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Petrobits-Andrutsopulu, Lotē (text)
Kunturēs, Michalēs (illus.)
Athēna : Minōas, 2004. 27 p.
Granddaughter – Grandmother – Death – Flowers
Anthie’s granny, who used to call her »my flower«, passed away some days ago. »Forever« said the grownups. Anthie does not like this »forever«. She is upset and feels so very, very sad. Suddenly, she has an idea: If she managed to turn into a real flower, maybe granny would be so delighted that she would decide to come back. Therefore, Anthie prays to all the good fairies she knows from fairy tales and tries again and again to be transformed into different flowers. But without success! Still, granny will eventually be with Anthie forever, in another way. The popular and experienced author Lotē Petrobits-Andrutsopulu offers children a text that will help them approach the difficult issue of death through the fairy tale world. (5+)
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Alexopulu-Petrakē, Phrantzeska (text)
Tzampura, Maria (illus.)
Philoi? Phōs phanari
(Friends? All too obvious!)
Athēna : Papadopulos, 2005.  p.
Otherness Friendship – Disability
It is such a drag when you have to get up early in the morning and take the school bus, isn’t it? That’s exactly how Ismini feels. How glad she is, when one morning a boy waves at her from behind the window of another school bus! The days pass by and the exchange of messages between the busses becomes a daily habit. However, when the two children finally meet, reality has a grim surprise in store for them: one of them is deaf-mute. Still, a warm hug makes the children move on from where they first started. They are and always will be best friends! This book praises the sense of otherness as well as the way in which kids overcome problems that seem insurmountable at first. Maria Tzampura’s lively illustrations successfully point out this message. (5+)
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Baburē, Nina (text)
Baburē, Eliza (illus.)
To karo panteloni
(The chequered trousers)
Athēna : Papadopulos, 2005.  p.
Teenager Fashion – Consumerism
When Eleni spots a pair of chequered trousers in a shop window, she immediately falls in love with them. She rushes into the shop to buy them and from that moment onwards hardly ever takes them off. After a while, however, the novelty fades and the poor trousers are left in the wardrobe collecting dust. One day, her mother decides to give them to a charity project that collects clothes to support people in developing countries. The chequered trousers are in a dither: Of course, they long to be in use again, but who is going to wear them? Will they be loved? Where are they going to end up? In this entertaining and affectionate little story, the author hides some criticism about consumer societies and encourages solidarity with less privileged people and countries. (5+)
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Chortiatē, Thetēs (text)
Barlamos Chrēstos (illus.)
To periboli tēs agapēs
(The garden of love)
Athēna : Ankyra, 2005.  p.
Love Creation – Circle of life – Peace
Once upon a time, a poor girl and her sick father lived in a small house. One day, a young man walks by and offers her a rose. Although she is so busy that she can’t even smile at him, the girl puts the rose in her bodice and later plants it in her garden where everyone admires the beautiful flowers that suddenly grow. Thrice, the young boy turns up leaving a rose for the girl. The months pass and the garden fills with all kinds of flowers. Years later, she hears that a young boy in a faraway country has managed to enthrone Peace as the queen of his country. Thereafter, people live peacefully, still talking about the magnificent rose garden. This touching story, which borrows elements from traditional fairy tales, emphasises the power of love. (5+)
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Hē chamenē polē
(The lost city)
Athēna : Kedros, 2005. 233 p.
Adventure History – Ancient Greece
The story of »The Lost City« is set in Corfu in two different eras: the modern times and the ancient past. The protagonists of the modern era are a group of children, who come across a big box full of ancient artefacts. The heroine of the ancient era is a girl who is very different from the women of her time. The hidden treasures of the big box as well as the love affairs in the story draw readers into an adventure full of action and unexpected events in which the children meet an ancient civilization and find the lost city that the island’s archeologist had been looking for for years. In addition to the gripping story, this novel also includes valuable information about Ancient Greek people’s lives in the 5th century B.C. (10+)
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Mastorē, Bula (text)
Papatsaruchas, Basilēs (illus.)
Dōrilenia : mia istoria san paramythi
(Dorilenia <proper name>)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2005. 74 p.
(Mikra spurghitakia; 46)
Love of books Reading – Friendship – School
When Dorilenia grows up and starts school, her whole family is afraid that she suffers from severe learning difficulties and will encounter a lot of problems. They all worry about her progress until she discovers the magic world of books and her tongue suddenly loosens once and for all! She learns about people’s different »tongues« and stops worrying about forgetting things concerning the »other« languages. With a lot of humour, frankness, and an action-filled story, the book helps reduce children’s fear of school and of failing in general. It makes young readers think and inspires their imagination. (6+)
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Mpulōtes, Chrēstos (text)
Stephanidē, Photeinē (illus.)
O gaidarakos pu hēpie to phengari
(The little donkey that drank the moon)
Athēna : Hestias, 2005. 42 + 5 p.
Fantasy Conflict – Resistance
In a moonless country where the moon exists only in old tales, a girl called Luna manages to bring the moon back to the night sky and make everybody happy. However, the country’s cruel and bossy king gives the order that nobody is allowed to look at the sky anymore. He wants the moon to himself and therefore everybody else is to walk with their eyes cast down. If someone dares to break this law, they will be punished with death! Yet, things change when, one night, Luna’s little donkey swallows the reflection of the moon while drinking water from the river. At once, the real moon disappears from the sky. Little donkey is in trouble. Who does the moon belong to? In a very humorous and poetic way, this surrealistic story makes fun of tyrannical behaviour. (6+)
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Skordala-Kakatsakē, Eudokia (text)
Baburē, Eliza (illus.)
Na s’ agapun kai n’ agapas
(To love and to be loved)
Athēna : Ankyra, 2005. 44 p.
Love Lifecycle – Silkworm
Liki is a little worm who admires the way that Lefki, his beloved butterfly, flies. After many adventures, Liki’s heart fills with love and happiness while his joyful tears turn into a white thread that wraps him in a cocoon. When he hatches from the cocoon, Liki has also become a butterfly. Together with Lefki, he flies around and all the tree branches fill with their little children also wrapped in cocoons made from that white, fine, and silky thread until they become butterflies! This tender fairy-tale-like story describes the lifecycle of a silkworm. It is accompanied by fullpage water-colour illustrations, which allow readers to take a look at a cheerful world of animals and plants. (6+)
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Tsilimenē, Tasula D. (text)
Barbarusē, Lēda (illus.)
Tzilnta kai Iban
(Gilda and Ivan)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2005. 109 p.
Love for animals Friendship
An eleven-year-old boy stumbles across two little puppies that someone has abandoned in the forest. He takes them home, but as the family is about to set off on a camping trip on which »dogs are not allowed«, the two foundlings are again left to fend for themselves. Luckily enough, they somehow manage to survive all the tragicomic and dangerous adventures that befall them during the summer months. The cute little dogs evoke a lot of tenderness in people, help some children renew their friendship, cause two young people to fall in love, and also help the boy’s father to win the elections. This humorous, sensitive, and energetic story holds the young readers’ attention until the very end. (7+)
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Tsitas, Makēs (text)
Berutsu Katerina (illus.)
De mu aresei to gala
(I don’t like milk)
Athēna : Psychogios, 2005.  p.
Milk Dentist – Nutrition
Vassilis hates milk. Despite this, every single morning, his mum hands him a big glass of milk and insists that he drinks it. Sometimes he doesn’t have a choice but close his eyes, hold his breath, and gulp down the hateful drink. There are other times, however, when he manages to pour it into the cat’s bowl or down the kitchen sink while his mother is busy doing something else but she always seems to find out and scolds him afterwards. The boy becomes obsessed with milk, it even haunts his sleep. Until the day he visits the dentist. This story introduces children in an entertaining way to the issue of nutrition and makes them realise how important a healthy diet is. (4+)
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Artzanidu, Elena (text)
Gribas, Basilēs (illus.)
Me lene promis
(My name is Promis)
Athēna : Psychogios, 2006. 35 p.
Otherness – First day at school – Immigration – Cultural difference – Xenophobia – Integration
A little Nigerian girl tries to find her place at her new school in Greece. At first, not all of the pupils in her new class are particularly friendly, let alone willing to include her in their various activities. However, with the help of her teacher and some of her more openminded classmates, she finally finds new friends and starts feeling at home and happy without having to do anything special. This story is inspired by everyday reality, in which it is often very difficult for immigrants and their children to be accepted and to smoothly adapt to their new lives in a foreign country. (7+)
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Bakalē-Syrogiannopulu, Philomēla (text)
Syrogiannopulos, Thodōros (illus.)
Pulia kai Augerinos
(Pleiades and the Morning Star)
Athēna : Patakēs, 2006. 23 p.,  p.
Friendship – Love – Self-confidence
Reminiscent of an ancient myth, this fairy tale tells the story of how the straw hearts of all scarecrows come to life and how, subsequently, fear vanishes from the birds’ hearts. The modern tale about Pleiades and the Morning Star reminds us of a folk tale because of its animism and the way it approaches nature. The story is accompanied by full-page colour illustrations mainly in shades of green and blue. The vivid pictures perfectly animate the animals, plants, the sky and nature in its entirety. (6+)
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Balasē, Zōe (text)
Zampelēs, Petros (illus.)
To psēlotero mpalkoni tu kosmu
(The highest balcony in the world)
Athēna : Hellēnika Grammata, 2006. 41 p.
Cruelty – Megalomania – Isolation – Tyranny
A cruel, envious, and vain king, who couldn’t care less about his subjects or their problems, decides to build the tallest palace that ever existed with walls so high that nobody and nothing will be able to enter it. When the huge building is finally finished, the isolation that the king experiences proves to be his worst punishment. However, the proud ruler doesn’t have any idea that his greatest disappointment is yet to come: Soon, he discovers that, above the highest balcony of his castle, swallows have managed to build their nest, thus defying the purpose of the extravagant building. This modern literary fairy tale, following classic fairytale models, presents its parable-like message in a beautiful metaphorical language. (5+)
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Barella, Angelikē (text)
Barbarusē, Lēda (illus.)
To piato tu Alexandru
Athēna : Portokali, 2006. 27 p.
(Ta megala tōn mikrōn; 2)
Hunger – Solidarity – Offer
In a very affectionate way, the author of this story sensitises child readers to the difficult issue of hunger. Well aware of the fact that children themselves naturally won’t be able to solve the problem of hunger in the world, the author’s aim is to make children aware of the problem, make them empathise with the people in need and maybe even inspire them to come up with various ways of showing their solidarity. The large-format colour illustrations visualise in an imaginative way how the protagonist of this story tackles the moving topic in his own child-like way. (6+)
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Mythoi kai thryloi tēs Thessalias
(Fables and legends from Thessalia area)
Athēna : Kedros, 2006. 261 p.
Local history – Legends – Folk traditions
The fables and legends from Thessalia (a region in central Greece) retold in this collection will deeply touch its readers. They introduce them to an abundance of traditions and make them get in touch with this region and its rich past that nowadays is often ignored or neglected. The book provides excellent material for teachers who are eager to prepare an exciting journey into local Greek history for their young pupils. However, the album will also fascinate older readers who can still remember a time when life was full of companionship, action, concern, and expectations; a time when people still believed that ordinary life has the ability to bring forth miracles every day. (8+)
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Psychogyiu, Dēmētra (text/illus.)
Hē mygdalia kai to phengari : paramythi aphierōmeno sto pio omorpho prōino tu kosmu
(The almond-tree and the moon)
Athēna : Ankyra, 2006.  p.
Unselfishness – Dedication – Love
One strange winter night, while »hanging around« on the sky as usual, the moon casts a look down on earth and spots an almond-tree. Feeling extremely charmed by the tree and drawn towards it, the moon decides to come down and whisper its secrets to it. The almond-tree listens to the confession with wide open branches and hugs the moon very tenderly, careful not to hurt it. In a poetical style, this fairy tale touches upon the theme of unselfishness, dedication, and love. The text is accompanied by atmospheric illustrations created in a technique that has its roots back in the Byzantine tradition. (4+)
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Pulakēs, Petros (text)
Papatsaruchas, Basilēs (illus.)
Athēna : Kastōr, 2006. 23 p.
Otherness – Mutual help – Autism
He, the little turtle, perceives the world in his own unique way. None of the other sea turtles understand his behaviour and so they finally reject him. Only when they manage to enter his shell, do they start to see how he thinks about the world and to appreciate the numerous things they can learn from him because of his peculiar way of experiencing reality. Using a symbolic, simple animal story, the text and pictures of this book take readers to the world of autistic children, a world that has not yet been thoroughly explored and is often misunderstood. True, it may seem frightening simply because it is unfamiliar and foreign to the readers, but it proves to be a world full of emotion and sensitivity. (7+)
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Sarantitē, Helenē (text)
Mpacha, Maria (illus.)
Hē nychta me ton hēlio
(The night with the sun)
Athēna : Kastaniōtēs, 2006. 28 p. + CD
Christmas – Love – Hope
Little Sarah lives in a small village near Bethlehem with her grandma. She has no parents: Her father was tortured to death by Roman soldiers and her mother abandoned her soon afterwards. Nevertheless, while playing with her little dog, the girl always dreams of finding her mother one day. One starlit night, Sarah sets off on a magic journey to meet her. She reaches a cave and is welcomed by a woman reminding her of her mother and by a few shepherds who are in the midst of preparing a luminous celebration that will change the girl’s life. This original and tender Christmas story, written in a very poetic style, is accompanied by a CD with the story read by the author herself. (5+)
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Stephanidē, Phōteinē (text/illus.)
Kati Paraxeno apopse symbainei
(Something strange is happening today)
Athēna : Libanē, 2006. 87 p.
Classic heroes – Imagination – Love for reading
One night, when everybody has fallen asleep, little Panos goes on a magnificent and unique journey. His wonderfully rich imagination and deep love for fairy tales serve as the vehicle for his imaginary travels. During his adventurous trip, he meets the beloved heroes of all the classic fairy tales and finds the opportunity to make witty and unexpected observations. This inspiring, original story is framed by dynamic mixed-media illustrations that often involve unusual perspectives. (5+)
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Tasaku, Tzemē (text)
Griba, Ellē (illus.)
Ta xylina paputsia tēs Xanthēs
(Xanthe’s wooden shoes)
Athēna : Papadopulos, 2006. 52 p.
Otherness – Simplicity – Emotion
Written in an inspired and cheerful style, this book tells the story of an unusual girl. Xanthe lives out of doors together with her tortoise Virginia, a she-wolf called Wolf (clear references to Virginia Wolf, Tzemē Tasaku’s favourite writer) and twelve wooden shoes that her parents had left her. When a prince comes looking for a bride, the headstrong girl decides to present herself before him. She does not want to get married, however, and neither does she want to wear fancy glass shoes. Rather, she firmly believes that »otherness means knowledge« and therefore, wearing her wooden shoes, she swirls around with the prince in the best of all dances! This literary «anti-fairytale » is full of humour and imagination. (7+)