White Ravens: Ukrainian

5 books      

Ukrania (Ukrainian) - 2001 - 220
Holozubiv, Volodymyr (illus.)
Rukavyčka : ukraïns'ka narodna kazka
(The glove : an Ukranian fairy tale)
Kyïv : A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha, 1997. 31 p.
ISBN 966-7047-06-7
Winter - Animals - Glove - Shelter - Fairy tale
This picture book edition of the classical folktale, in which a mouse, a fox, a boar and a bear find shelter in a lost glove to protect themselves from the great cold, is particularly beautifully illustrated. Volodymyr Holozubiv has a talent for creating brilliantly bright, modern pictorial landscapes inspired by Ukranian folkart. (3+)

Ukrania (Ukrainian) - 2002 - 218
Andersen, Hans Christian (text)
Jerko, Vladyslav (illus.)
Ivanenko, O. (transl.)
Snihova koroleva
(The Snow Queen)
(Orig. Danish title: Snedronningen)
Kyïv : A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha, 2000. 30 p.
ISBN 966-7047-14-8
The Good – The Evil – Rescue – Journey – Dreamland – Fairytale
With this book, the small but hard-working Ukranian publishing house A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha presents a new version of Andersen's »Snow Queen« with a particularly beautiful design and print. Small pictures, half as wide as the text, and ornamented capital letters enliven the text. The special appeal of the full- and double-page illustrations lies in the fineness of their lines and in the infinite number of details depicted. The expressive and moving illustrations correspond very well to the message of Andersen's fairytale. (5+)

Ukrania (Ukrainian) - 2002 - 219
Chymyè, Heorhij (text)
Savèenko, Serhij (illus.)
Pesyk ta joho misjačni druzi
(The dog and his friends at the moon)
Kyïv : A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha, 2000. [28] p.
ISBN 966-7047-17-2
Animals – Moon - Journey – Anthropomorphism – Friendship
A dog, a tomcat, a cock, and a rabbit are planning a trip to the moon. Since the dog is the cleverest of them all, he is supposed to stay at home and guard the house. Without his friends, however, time seems to stretch endlessly before the dog. He feels quite sad – but then, before long, his friends return. The book's lively pictures with their glowing colours are particularly appealing to small children. Design and printing of this book, as of many other books by Aba- ba-ha-la-ma-ha, are of high quality. (3+)

Ukrania (Ukrainian) - 2002 - 220
Vinhranovs'kyj, Mykola (text)
Lavro, Kost' (illus.)
Kozak Petro Mamaryha
(The Cossack Petro Mamaryha)
Kyïv : A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha, 2001. [36] p.
ISBN 966-7047-13-x
Cossacks – Tartars – Horse – Fight – Trick
This picture book relates the legend of the Cossack Petro Mamaryha, who had to hide from the Tartars in a lake in the steppe. Only the cleverness of his horse Hyvor saved him. The illustrations by Kost' Lavro are rendered in bright colours and are similar in style to Central Asian art. Apart from the title story, this book also includes several animal poems by Mykola Vinhranovs'kyj. (4+)

Ukraine (Ukrainian) - 2005 - 216
Jerko, Vladyslav (illus.)
Fysjuk, Ihor’ (transl.)
Kazky tumannogo Al’bionu : brytans’ki rycars’ki kazky
(Tales from foggy Albion : Celtic legends of chivalry)
Kyiv : Ababahalamaha, 2004. 22 p.
ISBN 966-7047-37-7
This collection in picture book style contains the retellings of an English legend and two Scottish ones: »Young Roland« rescues his sister Ellen who was taken prisoner by the king of the elves. In »The Children of the Knight of Ailp«, druids put a spell on King Ailp’s children from which they are released only after long-lasting adventures. The third tale relates how Earl Gregory is bewitched by the »Elf Knight« but finally saved by a friend and a few gnomes. Like the well-known Russian illustrator Gennadij Spirin, Vladyslav Jerko adopts elements from miniature painting of the late Gothic period and the Renaissance thus creating a powerful sense of depth. In his full-page pictures, the artist plays with detailed traditional patterns, while the people depicted clearly have modern faces. (8+)