White Ravens: Mongolia

4 books      

Special Mention - Mongolia (Mongolian) - 2001 - 213
Dašdondog, Žambyn (text)
Ovdogmid, D. (illus.)
Solongo, M. (illus.)
Örgöö
(The yurt)
[Ulaanbaatar] : Hüühdijn Nomyn »Altan Ülg'er« Nöhörlel, 2000. [14] p.
ISBN 99929-5-118-4
Mongolia - Everyday life - Children's poetry
This picture book featuring rhythmic and visual poems by the highly popular Mongolian author of children's literature, Žambyn Dašdondog, comes in the shape of a yurt – a Mongolian tenthouse. The first pages show the set-up of a yurt and the life within. The concrete poems (poems, whose graphic form imitates the concrete form of their subject) are about objects of Mongolian everyday life: haystacks, sleigh hills and New Year's Eve. (5+)

Mongolia (English) - 2002 - 210
Dašdondog, Žambyn (text/photos)
Oyunbayar, Namsrain (transl.)
Stone Legends
Ulaanbaatar : Golden Tale Partnership of Children's Books, 2001. 32 p.
(Transl. from Mongolian)
ISBN 99929-5-176-1
Mongolia – Animals – Sculpture – Legends
Inspired by the animal stone sculptures of Terelj, created through erosion, the well-known Mongolian children's book author Žambyn Dašdondog wrote several legends. They are based on Mongolian folktales and have rat, lizard, snake, jumping mouse, hedgehog, badger, marmot, fox, and wolf as their protagonists. All the legends deal with the contact between animals and humans. In many cases, the characteristics of these animals differ considerably from the ones attributed to them in European fables and fairytales. (8+)

Mongolia (Mongolian) - 2004 - 242
Dašdondog, Žambyn (text)
Wellek, Franz (photogr.)
Sujcheetej chotil
(The clever marmot)
Ulaanbaatar: Mönchijn Useg, 2003. 31p.
Marmot – Eagle – Fight – Courage
In this photo picture book, the popular and versatile Mongolian children’s book author Žambyn Dašdondog tells the true story of a courageous marmot. By first pretending to be dead and then bravely facing the attacker, the little rodent manages to escape an attack by an eagle. The pictures were taken by the German biologist and ecologist Franz Wellek, who supports pro-environmental organisations in Mongolia. (5+)

Mongolia (Mongolian/English) - 2006 - 241
Dašdondog, Žambyn (text)
Hüd rculuun, N. (illus.)
Janzyn žaal = Boy who sees things in a different way
Ulaanbaatar: Öngöt h vl l, 2005. 31 p.
(Alham alhmaar)
(Mongolian and English text)
ISBN 99929-10-48-8
Kindergarten Boy – Critical thinking – Tolerance
In this bilingual book by the well-known Mongolian author Žambyn Dašdondog, a new boy arrives at kindergarten. He doesn’t simply answer questions or complete tasks, but rather wonders what may be behind a question or what the meaning of a task may be. In the beginning, the other children laugh at him, but eventually, they all realise that the new boy cannot be called strange simply because he behaves differently. Such a book is particularly valuable for Mongolia, a country which is on its way to democracy. The youngest inhabitants are the ones who most urgently need to learn about tolerance and understanding for people who are different and think differently. (4+)