Grandfather Thomas is full of imagination. The children are delighted in his company and no one is ever bored . But only for the time being…
One day the mayor declares says that, for the sake of safety and wellbeing of all grandmas and grandpas, they will be transported to a place called „The Happy House”. „Grandpa-catchers” are dispatched, and Grandfather Thomas is caught during a roller-skating race. Under the cover of darkness buses take grandmas and grandpas away to „The Happy House”.
Children are sad and ask questions about their relatives, and after a long time they finally see them on television. „The Happy House” really is beautiful, with all the best equipment. But alas! The kids also immediately notice that their grandparents are not happy at all. So the children invent a plan to free them from captivity.
Will their plan succeed? Read and find out!
Dream in Venice
One foggy winter morning, Marco and his friends went to school. Marco lives in Venice, a marvelous city built on many islands, with the Adriatic Sea constantly lapping it with its waves.
At school, the teacher tell the kids about the history of Venice, about its beauty and its inevitable future – one day Venice will sink completely under water. This vision of the future Venice is the subject of their art lesson. The teacher asks the children to grab pens, brushes and every tool they can use, and show how they imagine that underwater city of the future.
At night, Marco thinks about his illustration, in which he drew a little mermaid in the front with the drowned city in the background.. Suddenly someone knocks on the window. It’s the little mermaid from his drawing, who thanks him for including her in the illustration and invites him to see the real underwater city!
The sun calls it quits
Once upon a time people lived in wooden huts in the woods. Every evening they lit a fire on top of the mountain. In this way, they worshiped the sun and showed it exactly where it should rise the next morning. Years later, they lived in houses built of stone and brick. They gradually forgot about the sun, and about the surrounding nature … Until one day the sun disappeared behind clouds of smog and smoke.
This highly timely story was written and illustrated by Štěpán Zavřel in 1973. Now it has been translated for the first time in Poland by Natalia Mętrak-Ruda.
Read excerpt in Polish
The last tree
Trees: beautiful, majestic, their crowns reach the sky, and they give us the air we breathe. Could you imagine a world without trees?
Nadir and Selina, two children who loved nature, witnessed a terrible thing. The residents of their town were so obsessed with gold and jewels that they gradually cut down all the surrounding trees. The once vibrant area became a desert. Literally. Until one day all that remained of the lush forest was one lone cedar tree, surrounded by sun-scorched grass. Only then the townspeople realized what their greed had cost them. Did Selina and Nadir save their town? Find out in the beautiful story “The Last Tree”.
You will find a QR code in the book. Let yourself be carried away by the stories performed by Agnieszka Ayşen Kaim, a storytelling artist.
The book was translated from Italian into Polish by Monika Motkowicz.
The magic fish
“In the museum there was – and still is – a certain painting, which all the children loved. The picture was of a goldfish painted on a dark blue background. Every time the children visited
the museum, they would stop in front of the painting and gaze at it with unending admiration.”
“The Magic Fish” is a book about a painting, the one and only painting that all children love! Every museum probably has such a painting, in front of which fascinated children stop and stare with their eyes and mouths wide open. And on this painting is a goldfish.
One day the guard put the painting near a fountain, and the carp living in the fountain woke up the goldfish from the painting. Then they all swam to the sea together and had many adventures there. The children now stand, saddened, in front of the empty painting. Will the goldfish ever return to the museum? You will find out when you reach for this beautiful story with magical illustrations.
The story is inspired by Paul Klee’s painting “The Goldfish”. Mafra Gagliardi wrote the story and Štěpán Zavřel illustrated this book about art and its influence on the youngest viewers. Children love beauty, they are sensitive, and they can see things that we, adults, often no longer notice. We invite you to read the book!
In the book you will find a QR code with the audiobook (read by Monika Pikuła).
The book was translated from Italian into Polish by Ewa Nicewicz.