White Ravens: Lithuania

14 books      

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 1994 - 37
Valančius, Motiejus (text)
Mikė melagėlis
(Mike, the Liar)
Vilnius: Vyturys, 1991. [32] p.
ISBN 5-7900-0586-1
Lithuania/Stories - Pranks
The stories about boy's pranks were written by the Catholic clergy man (Bishop of Samogitia), a folk literature collector and one of the first Lithuanian fiction writers and educators. They appeared first in 1864 in a book titled "Vajkų knygelė " (The Children's Book). Contains realistic gouache illustrations . (7+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 1996 - 221
Erlickas, Juozas (text)
Gultiajeva, Nadežda (illus.)
Bobutģ iš Paryžiaus arba Lakštingala Zarasuose: Eilģraščiais
(The Grandma from Paris or The Nightingale from Zarasai: Poems)
Vilnius: alma littera, 1995. 158 p.
ISBN 9986-02-076-X
Lithuania - Poetry/Lithuanian
This funny and tastefully illustrated volume contains 100 witty poems for children. (6+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 1996 - 222
Nemunģlis, Vytģ (i.e. Bernardas Brazdžionis) (text)
Valiuvienģ, Sigutģ (illus.)
Tevu nameliai brangūs
(The Beloved Family Home)
Vilnius: Vyturys, 1995. 132 p.
ISBN 57900-0736-8
Lithuania/Nature - Poetry/Lithuanian
The Lithuanian symbolist Bernardas Brazdžionis (*1907) was highly acclaimed between the two world wars for the poetry he wrote for children under the pseudonym Vytģ Nemunģlis. In 1936 he was awarded the Red Cross Prize for Children's Literature. After he emigrated via Austria and Germany to the United States in 1944, his works could not appear there 50 years long.The former state-owned publishing house Vyturys has now issued a selection of his poetry on the theme of nature taken from nine of the original volumes. (6+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 1996 - 223
Vitalija Gražienģ (ed.)
Valiūģtģ, Eglģ (illus.)
Saulģs kelias Tautosakos ir grožinģs literatūros kūriniai ikimokyklinio amžiaus vaikams
(The Sun's Path. Pieces of Folk Literature for Pre-School Children)
Kaunas: Šviesa, 1994. 246 p.
ISBN 5-430-01515-6
Seasons - Times of Day - Life
This well-illustrated and attractively designed volume contains poetry and short tales related to four themes: (1) Morning - birth - spring; (2) Day - Light - Growth - Summer; (3) Evening - Twilight - Frost - Autumn; and (4) Night - Darkness - Winter. A considerable number of the contributions come from Lithuanian authors or from Lithuanian folklore, but also from international classics by authors such as H. Chr. Andersen, Janosch, T. Jansson, S. Lagerlöf, A. Lindgren, A. A. Milne, B. Potter, G. Rodari, J. Tuwim. The gay illustrations are taken from nature and from fairy tales. (4+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 1998 - 215
Augiaus, Pauliaus (reteller/illus.)
Pupos pasaka
(The tale of the beans)
Vilnius: Lietus, 1996. 26 p.
ISBN 9986-431-21-2
Lithuania/Tales - Beanstalk - Forbidden fruit
This Lithuanian tale incorporates motifs from the English tale »Jack and the beanstalk« and the Biblical story of the tree of knowledge. Paulus Augius (1909-1960) wrote this version while in exile and illustrated it in an expressive style combining elements of Lithuanian folk art and avant-garde. At long last Augiaus' lovely picture book, which conveys much of the past times in rural Lithuania, could be published in his own country. (4+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 1998 - 216
Vainilaitis, Martynas (text)
Žviliuvienǵ, Irena (illus.)
Žydras povas povinǵja
(The blue peacock takes a stroll)
Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 1996. 172 p.
ISBN 9986-413-53-2
Lithuania/Children's poetry
One of the most renowned Lithuanian book illustrators has provided imaginative and at times surrealistic illustrations for this collected volume of old and new children's poems by the popular Lithuanian poet Martynas Vainilaitis. The poet finds inspiration in the Lithuanian folk literature tradition and celebrates above all motifs from nature, often using onomatopoeia and musical elements. Animals and plants are usually portrayed as anthropomorphic characters or as spirits. (5+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 2000 - 213
Landsbergis, Vytautas V. (text)
Kepežinskas, Rimvydas (illus.)
Obuolių pasakos. 26 dalyk liai
(Apple tales)
Vilnius: Vaga, 1999. 67 p.
ISBN 5-415-01402-0
Folk tales/Lithuania - Apple
This richly illustrated and especially attractive picture book style anthology contains 26 tales which deal with apples. Both the double-spread color illustrations and the black-and-white vignettes are executed in a witty, eccentric style, in which the apples are often endowed with their own anthropomorphic personalities. The final story is a tale about the end of the world, when the world is once again where it first began - with Adam, Eve, the snake and the apple. (7+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 2001 - 212
Skučaitǵ, Ramutǵ (text)
Račinskaitǵ, Jūratǵ (illus.)
Karatajūtǵ, Elena (illus.)
Karatajūtǵ, Magdalena (illus.)
Laiškas sekmadieniui
(Sunday letter)
Vilnius : Vaga, 1998. 95 p.
ISBN 5-415-01309-1
Child - Everyday life - Children's poetry
In these 55 epistolary poems the popular poet Ramutǵ Skučaitǵ addresses younger children. She muses about all sorts of things populating our everyday existence, nature and even magic worlds with imagination and refinement. Jūratǵ Račinskaitǵ integrated drawings by two young girls into her innovative and creative illustrations which capture the atmosphere of the poems. (5+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 2003 - 203
Adomaitytǵ, Gintarǵ (text)
Repšys, Andrius (illus.)
Laumžirgių namai
(The house of the dragonflies))
Vilnius : Agora, 2001. 93 p.
ISBN 9986-633-49-4
Generation conflict – Equality – Gender role
In her first book, which is written in a lyrical and sensitive language and could be called a feminist detective story, journalist Gintarǵ Adomaitytǵ tells the story of fifteen-year-old Miglǵ, her mother, and her aunt. The subtle graphics accompanying the text and the overall book design were created by Andrius Repšys, the son of the famous Lithuanian book artist Petras Repšys. (14+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 2003 - 204
Skučaitǵ, Ramutǵ (text)
Račinskaitǵ, Jūratǵ (illus.)
Takelis iš naujo
(On the road again)
Vilnius : Lietuvos Rašytojų S?jungos Leidykla, 2001. 173 p.
ISBN 9986-39-198-9
Both text and graphic design of this book are very appealing »collages«. The book contains new (original) and old poems and short texts in prose by the popular poetess Ramutǵ Skucaitǵ, in which she describes the facts that determine childhood and also reconsiders her own childhood memories. The sensitive texts appeal to children as well as adults. They are illustrated with old photographs and delicate collages made from pressed plants. The book was awarded a price in the book art competition in Vilnius and won the award of the best designed book of the Baltic states; in addition, it was selected as the most beautiful children’s book of 2001 by the Lithuanian IBBY-Section. (6+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 2003 - 205
Vainilaitis, Martynas (text)
Žviliuvienǵ, Irena (illus.)
Žviliūtǵ, Živilǵ (illus.)
Pelǵdos giesmǵ
(An owl’s song)
Vilnius : Leidykla »Žara«, 2001. 90 p.
ISBN 9986-34-059-4
Love – Fate
Fairytales in verse form are a genre typical for Eastern Europe. This ballad-like retelling of a Lithuanian folktale was written by the modern »classical« author Martynas Vainilaitis (*1933). The lovers Adas and Vaiva cannot come together because Vaiva has been promised to the devil and the witch Clara desires Adas. Vainilaitis has created an original work of art, while still maintaining the motifs, images, and structure of the traditional folktale. Famous Lithuanian artist Irena Žviliuvienǵ and her daughter Živilǵ Žviliūtǵ have teamed up to create fantastical illustrations. With their naivety, the pictures underline the fairytale’s mystical quality. (10+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 2005 - 203
Adomaityt , Gintar (text)
Kairevičiūt s, Daivos (illus.)
V jų miesto pasakos
(Tales from Wind City)
Vilnius : Gimtasis Žodis, 2003. 45 p.
ISBN 9955-512-38-5
Imagination – City – Wind – Music – Ordinary object – Sound
Journalist and novelist Gintar Adomaitytǵ (b. 1957) has only recently turned to literature for children and teenagers. The ten playful tales in this volume are connected through the place of the action, Wind City, and the stories’ personnel. One of the main protagonists is Smilt , a shoemaker’s daughter, who has attributed a characteristic sound to each of the objects in the city. She loves dancing in the rain and becomes friends with a violin player whose melodies are carried to people by the winds. This book with its simple layout is accompanied by amusing, casually coloured drawings and by vignette-like pictures that are scattered throughout the text. (6+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 2005 - 204
Landsbergis, Vytautas V. (text)
Ach, Sigut (illus.)
Arklio Dominyko meil
(Dominykas, the horse in love)
Vilnius : Nieko Rimto, 2004. 142 p.
ISBN 9955-9543-1-0
Horse – Cornflower – Friendship – Love
The wild horse Dominykas, who enjoys playing with frogs, falls in love with a cornflower. When winter approaches, the horse hides the flower under a stone to protect her from frost. He himself travels to Africa for the winter, where he meets numerous animals who all tell him their stories. In spring, he returns home just as his friend is about to wake from hibernation. For her birthday, Dominykas offers her a new name: Hope. Text and illustrations create a highly poetic atmosphere that makes readers smile and ponder about life, friendship, trust, love, and about how creatures on Earth treat each other. (6+)

Lithuania (Lithuanian) - 2005 - 205
V l, Vil (text)
Janonyt , Aida (illus.)
Parašyk man iš Afrikos
(Write to me from Africa)
Vilnius : Gimtasis Žodis, 2003. 109 p.
ISBN 9955-512-28-8
France – Return home – Lithuania – Boy – Everyday life – Friendship
In her first book, Vil V l describes the life of 9-year-old Jonas after his return to Lithuania. The boy, who – as the son of a diplomat – spent most of his childhood in Paris, has to find his place in the new environment and, at the same time, search for his own identity. The book focuses on Jonas’s sometimes difficult relationship with his mother, his longing for his Angolan nanny, and the friendship with his classmate Aušrin . While a lot of books from Eastern Europe still avoid to show what life is like after the end of socialism, Vil V l paints a vivid picture of everyday life in modern Lithuania. (7+) ☆