- This book is a collection of typical, popular and widely known Latvian fairy tales. However, some non-standard variants of these tales that are not usually included in collections were chosen in order to keep it more interesting.
It may seem that the world of fairy tales -- harsh, and filled with ancient myths and echoes of epics -- may not be entirely suited to, or understandable by, children. There is only one story in this collection of twelve tales in which someone doesn’t meet his death, and three stories with, essentially, walking dead or with a corpse under a spell, and in the rest of the tales the heroes ruthlessly hack off the many heads od fragons and devils, giants and witches.
„The classic fairy tale structure has three forms of trials -- the first tests the hero’s ability to be empathetic and resourceful, and he gains knowledge or a magic tool in return. The central and second trial is often to slay a dragon and/or to free a kidnapped/enchanted princess. And then there’s the final trial -- to make it back home in one piece.
In all these ways, fairy tales help children grow up and become adults -- and as adults to take on responsibility for what happens in the real world.” (Dr. philol. Guntis Pakalns)
- In English, hardcover, 96 p., 8" x 5" (27 x 22cm)
- Riga, Latvia