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Book Stories

Joanna Osiewicz-Lorenzutti Download PDF
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My name is MIK and I will be your guide to the wonderful world of children’s literature. I invite you to play in my magical attic, which is full of mysterious items and splendid books. Here you will find many characters. You must look carefully to find some of them.

Poison cabinet Museum of Pharmacy at the Jagiellonian University (Muzeum Farmacji Collegium Medicum UJ)

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Book: Wolf Erlbruch, Duck, Death and the Tulip

The skeleton on the cabinet is a warning that poison is inside. But is death really so fearsome? Can it be tamed? Can you talk with it? Or even make friends with it?

The duck suddenly realises that someone has been following it for some time. It turns out to be death, which has been coming after the duck ever since its birth.

Wooden bicycle Nowy Sącz District Museum (Muzeum Okręgowe w Nowym Sączu)

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Book: Janusz Stanny, Baśń o królu Dardanelu (A Tale of King Dardanel)

“I no longer need a coach!
Take this jumbo carriage away from me
From today I will ride a bike.” [translator’s note: free translation]

Is it possible for a king to prefer a bike over a coach? Yes! King Dardanel returns to his castle after a fruitless search for a dragon. Due to the cold reception by his court, he changes himself completely. For example, he replaces his royal coat with a tailcoat, shaves off his beard and gets on a bike.

Model of ”Krakow” locomotive Historical Museum of the City of Krakow (Muzeum Historyczne Miasta Krakowa)

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Book: Julian Tuwim, Lokomotywa (The Locomotive)

The most famous fictional locomotive is undoubtedly the one from a poem by Julian Tuwim, which is “huffing and puffing and panting and smelly, Fire belches forth from her fat cast iron belly.” Classical illustrations by Jan Marcin Szancer make a masterly supplementation to this poem.

Hat Family Home of John Paul II Museum in Wadowice (Muzeum Dom Rodzinny Ojca Świętego Jana Pawła II w Wadowicach)

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Book: Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Do you know who in the fictional world (except for Professor Gąbka, of course) is the most famous hat enthusiast? It is the Mad Hatter, who entertained Alice at a very strange tea party in Wonderland and later bore witness to an even more peculiar trial for stealing the Queen’s tarts.

Besamim box in the shape of a fish Nowy Sącz District Museum (Muzeum Okręgowe w Nowym Sączu)

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Book: Janosch, Oh, How Wonderful is Panama!

“‘Do you prefer fish with salt and pepper, my dear Mister Tiger, or with lemon and onions?’
‘I would like both,” answered the Tiger, ‘and a lot of everything.’” [translator’s note: free translation]

The Bear and the Tiger are friends. They live in a small, cosy house by the river. The Bear goes fishing every day and later makes dinner. He is a great cook. One day both friends set off in search of Panama. On their way they experience many amazing adventures.

Wooden painted chest with a drawer Museum – Vistula Ethnographic Park in Wygiełzów and Lipowiec Castle (Nadwiślański Park Etnograficzny w Wygiełzowie i Zamek Lipowiec)

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Book: Rien Poortvliet, Wil Huygen, Gnomes

“In the other corner of the shoe closet lies a bride’s chest given to her as a dowry. It is splendidly sculpted and lavishly colourful.” [translator’s note: free translation]

In such a chest the bride’s dowry was kept – duvets, pillows and tablecloths. What else can be kept inside? Almost everything! Gnomes, for example, store gifts in it - fruit, trinkets, memorable cards with proverbs - which they will later bestow on their wedding guests.

Christ on a palm donkey National Museum in Krakow (National Museum in Krakow)

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Book: Carlo Collodi, Pinokio (Pinocchio)[translated by Jarosław Mikołajewski, illustrations by Roberto Innocenti]

“Fate has decreed that all lazy boys who come to hate books
and schools and teachers and spend all their days with toys
and games must sooner or later turn into donkeys."

Do you know the story of the boy who turned into a donkey? He was sold to the circus where he was ordered to jump over rings and perform tricks. This is a part of the adventures of Pinocchio who at the beginning was not a very good boy.

Spoon rack Dr Tytus Chałubiński Tatra Museum in Zakopane (Muzeum Tatrzańskie im. dra Tytusa Chałubińskiego w Zakopanem)

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Book: Aleksandra Mizielińska, Daniel Mizieliński, Kto kogo zjada (Who Eats Who)

The birds sitting in circles can be viewed symbolically. The bird is an element of the food chain, being a fascinating wonder of nature. Who eats who? Do big animals always eat smaller ones? Or maybe sometimes it is the opposite way around?

Turoń (christmas mummer disguised as a horned animal) Ethnographic Museum in Krakow (Muzeum Etnograficzne w Krakowie)

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Book: Wiktor Woroszylski, Dużo śmiechu, trochę smutku to historia o mamutku (A lot of Laughter, a bit of Sorrow; this is the Story of a Small Mammoth)

Turoń is a caroller dressed up as a horned animal similar to an ox. Its name comes from an aurochs, which unfortunately became extinct a long time ago. Surely you can think of other animals known from excavations, such as dinosaurs or mammoths. It turns out that some of them can be brought back to life in books, e.g., a small mammoth named Lutek who escaped a glacier and managed to survive in the author’s flat (although the neighbours often complain about the noise he makes).

Percussion-cap pistol Irena and Mieczysław Mazaraki Museum in Chrzanów (Muzeum im. Ireny i Mieczysława Mazarakich w Chrzanowie)

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Book: Tomi Ungerer, The Three Robbers

A pistol [Axe] is a very dangerous weapon. It is often used by criminals such as the three robbers who spread terror and attack carriages. In some stories, including this one, it sometimes turns out that good can easily overcome evil, turning a robber into a good man.

Joanna Osiewicz-Lorenzutti – graduate of cultural studies at the University of Silesia; she worked for the “Iskry” publishing house in Warsaw and volunteered for the Housing Works organisation in New York. She cooperates with Polish cultural institutions to organise festivals and events. Privately, she is an enthusiast of Polaroid instant photography, a passionate collector of illustrated children’s books, and the owner of a purebred dog named Łomo.

Projekt graficzny i wykonanie:
Dagmara Berska, Parastudio, Łukasz Wiśniewski, CC-BY 3.0 PL

Author: Joanna Osiewicz-Lorenzutti, ⓒ all rights reserved MIK (2013)