White Ravens: Latvia

9 books      

Latvia (Latvian) - 1993 - 30 (1)
Breže, Andris (idea/illus.)
Doctor Hector
(Doctor Hector)
Rīga: Vaga, 1991. [12] p.
picture story - wordless book - grammar
Three simply designed but quite attractive and extremely original picture books without any particularly didactic ambitions which acquaint children with English words. - In the first book, a dentist removes a contaminated industrialized landscape from the patient's mouth and fills the cavity with a rural idyll. - The second book is a ludicrous picture story: a rather large cat pursues a thief. - The third book contains naively abstruse sketches of various parts of the human body. (4+)

Latvia (Latvian) - 1993 - 30 (2)
Danilāns, Ludīs (idea/illus.)
Muskats - kaķis de- tektīvs
(Muscat the Cat Detective)
Rīga: Vaga, 1991. [12] p.
picture story - wordless book - grammar
Three simply designed but quite attractive and extremely original picture books without any particularly didactic ambitions which acquaint children with English words. - In the first book, a dentist removes a contaminated industrialized landscape from the patient's mouth and fills the cavity with a rural idyll. - The second book is a ludicrous picture story: a rather large cat pursues a thief. - The third book contains naively abstruse sketches of various parts of the human body. (4+)

Latvia (Latvian) - 1993 - 30 (3)
Zābere, lgrīda (idea/illus.)
Es
(I)
Rīga: Vaga, 1991. [12] p.
picture story - wordless book - grammar
Three simply designed but quite attractive and extremely original picture books without any particularly didactic ambitions which acquaint children with English words. - In the first book, a dentist removes a contaminated industrialized landscape from the patient's mouth and fills the cavity with a rural idyll. - The second book is a ludicrous picture story: a rather large cat pursues a thief. - The third book contains naively abstruse sketches of various parts of the human body. (4+)

Latvia (Latvian) - 1996 - 220
Leja, Gunta (comp.)
Dobrājs, Kārlis (illus.)
VģJA VANADZIŅŠ : Latviešu tautas teikas
(Latvian folk legends)
Rīga: Sprīdītis, 1995. 399 p.
ISBN 6-7-960-0139-6
Latvia/Folktales
This extensive selection of Latvian tales deals with such themes as wind and weather, the origins of the stars and the earth, the origin of animals and the descent of man, the conditions in which man lives and his society, gods and spirits, dragons, giants and dwarves, devils, magicians and witches, willo'- the wisps, nightmares and werewolves, and also contents legends on cities, castles and churches. This volume is illustrated with expressive avantgarde graphics which reflect the archaic agrarian society and emphasize the transcendental aspects of the legends.

Latvia (Latvian) - 1999 - 220
Mānuš, Leksa (text)
Rūdevičs, Kārlis (illus.)
Romani Čhib Ābeca
(Roma ABC)
Rīga: Sprīdītis, 1997. 93 p.
ISBN 5-7960-0383-6
Roma - Alphabet book
The texts and illustrations of this exemplary ABC book of the gypsies' language depicts the strongly traditional way of life of the Roma in eastern Europe. (5+) ☆

Latvia (Latvian) - 2002 - 209
Skrīvele, Kristīne (text)
Tabaka, Maija (illus.)
Latviešu tautas brīnumpasakas
(Latvian folktales)
Rīgā : Zvaigzne ABC, 1998. 191 p.
ISBN 9984-17-035-7
Folktales/Latvia
In this collection of Latvian folktales, readers will rediscover motifs they are familiar with from the fairytales by the Grimm Brothers or from fairytales of various other nations. The Latvian people, however, have undoubtedly left their special mark on these tales by setting them in regions near the Baltic sea. The book is illustrated in a traditional style and convinces with its beautiful design. (5+)

Latvia (Latvian) - 2003 - 201
Kušnere, Inta (ed.)
Okonova, Gita (illus.)
Ziemassvētki klāt!
(Soon it will be Christmas)
Rīga : Jumava, 2001. 135 p.
ISBN 9984-05-470-5
Christmas – Customs – Folklore
This inventive anthology with its witty-cheerful black-and-white drawings and six full-page colour illustrations contains Christmas verses and games from traditional Latvian folklore, fairytales and poems about Christmas by various Latvian authors, as well as traditional and modern Latvian Christmas songs. Apart from that, the book introduces cultural customs and traditions for celebrating Christmas, the beginning of the new year, and the winter solstice from many other countries all around the world. (6+)

Latvia (Latvian) - 2003 - 202
SkrastiÃa, Ilze (text)
Petraškevičs, Juris (illus.)
Neparastie Rīdzinieki : animācijas filma »Neparastie Rīdzinieki« bildītēs
(Unusual inhabitants of Riga : pictures from the animated film »Unusual inhabitants of Riga«)
Rīga : Neputns, 2001. [40 ] p.
ISBN 9984-729-00-1
Riga/History
This picture-story was adapted from an animated film produced on the occasion of the 800anniversary celebrations of the Latvian capital Riga. The lively pictures painted in strong colours tell adventurous stories of people, animals, and mythical creatures who live in the streets and houses, up on the rooftops, and in the underground realms of this beautiful historic port situated at the Baltic Sea. (4+)

Latvia (Latvian) - 2004 - 204
Cielēna, Māra (text)
Naumovs, Aleksejs (illus.)
Pasakas par diviem
(Tales about two)
Rīga : Apgāds Ali S, 2003. 70 p.
ISBN 953-6613-49-2
(German parallel ed.: Märchen über zwei. Rīga : Apgāds Ali S, 2003. Transl. Aleksandrs Šmits)
Relationship between two parties – Imagination
In her modern fairy tales and fantasy stories, popular Latvian author Māra Cielēna tells poetic tales full of imagination about the relationship between two parties as diverse as personified objects, human beings, pictures that have come alive, and natural phenomena. The illustrations, rendered in a style that perfectly complements the stories, entrance the readers with their brightly glowing colours. Although the stories themselves are rather unspectacular, they are delightfully unconventional and take a completely unexpected turn at the end. (10+)