Jip a Janneke: Mikuláš je tu!

Tahle knížka zdobí svět. Ilustracemi i příběhem. Celé dva týdny v Holandsku jsem se na ni těšila! Rozuměj: škudlila peníze, abych si ji mohla koupit.

Jip & Janneke

Knížečka o dvou holandských dětech, jak prožívají příchod sv. Mikuláše, mě dojímá dodnes. Připomíná mi skvělých čtrnáct dní v holandském Utrechtu a taky jak jsem před dvěma lety v Goudě vítala Mikuláše. Ale hlavně – dětskou radost z obyčejných věcí. Té je v knihách s Jipem a Janneke neúrekom.

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Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook

You know the story, right? I remember it quite well from my childhood. My daddy always said: “Again THIS movie? No way! We’re going to watch another one!”

Home Alone

However, at Christmas he watched it with me many times, and so far I remember, he had much more fun than me at last! Nice movie, nice memories. Sigh. It’s great to see the story in a book now!

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Ztratil se Jakub, tak žerty stranou!

Bylo, nebylo…

Tuhle pohádku vymyslel Ludvík Aškenazy. Je o malém Jakubovi a o tom, co se mu přihodilo ve středu 24. prosince roku jáužnevímkterého.

Ale prý to nebylo tak moc dávno.

Malá vánoční povídka

Malá vánoční povídka. Napsal Ludvík Aškenazy, ilustrovala Marika Janovská.
Vydal Ivan Mráz – Nakladatelství Zahrada, 2002. Pro děti od 4 let.

Začalo to vlastně takhle:

Pan Zachystal z ulice Truhlářská 5 v Praze (světe, div se, ta adresa skutečně existuje) šel o Štědrém dni se svým zlatem, štěstím a potěšením, zkrátka synem Jakubem do města pro stromek.

Domů se ovšem vrátil jen pan Zachystal.

„Myslím, že jsem Jakuba ztratil,“ řekl paní Zachystalové — a už byl oheň na střeše. V knížce se proto praví: „Ztrácejte se jen v nejnutnějších případech.“

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Christmas in January

I’m back in Europe. It’s snowing! Freezing and snowing, finally! Oh, beautiful snow white land all around, red nose, 13 degrees under zero. This is such a perfect winter time.

Winter Time

Hanging lights at my new place, I’m set on snowflake Nutcracker ballerinas.

What else? Drinking hot tea with honey and lemon, eating sweet cakes, watching fairy tales, and celebrating Christmas!

Am I crazy?

Well, in Turkey I’ve learned something very important. I can celebrate Christmas whenever I want, because… I simply can.

It’s January – so what? Turks still have Christmas trees and lights (find out more about Christmas in Turkey), and that’s actually my another very favourite thing about Turkey. Christmas in January.

Christmas Tree in Turkey

Christmas tree at the airport in Istanbul, Turkey (17th January 2014)

Come on, guys, we have such an amazing winter time, and what it would be without Christmas lights, songs and books?

The Christmas Snowman by Diane Sherman

I found this one at library’s British section. The Christmas Snowman by Diane Sherman was illustrated by Sharon Kane and published in 1977. The story’s about a snowman who wanted to be a Christmas snowman (kinda perfect book for people who live in January and want to live in Christmas January), and about animals who helped him to be Christmassy.

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Do I have anything else for ya? Sure. The best wish ever.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas in January!

Kubula and Kuba Kubikula

Once upon a time there was a bald doctor who became a writer – one of the most important Czech writers of the 20th century. He wrote many good books about all sorts of good things. Still, just one his book was for children.

Kubula and Kuba Kubikula

Kubula and Kuba Kubikula by Vladislav Vančura (1891 – 1942) is a very traditional Czech winter book for children (6+), actually, it was selected in 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, and I’m going to tell you about it.

The story of a boy, Kuba Kubikula, and his bear cub Kubula, is set in “the times when the world was still young and people readily believed in fairy tales”. Kuba and his naughty bear wander through the winter countryside, doing odd jobs and earning their bread.

One night the bear gets naughty too much, so Kuba Kubikula tells him a scary story about the bugbear Barbucha that comes into life, scaring the little bear. They wander together with their new spooky friend, having lots of adventures, and one very funny snowball fight.

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Vladislav Vančura’s only children’s book was published in 1931 (my edition is from 1967), and it was a real surprise to his readers. Fairy tale? By Vančura? Wow, that’s novelty! Anyway, the sweet story of Kubula and Kuba Kubikula with Vančura’s absolutely beautiful Czech language became very popular, and still it is one of the most favourite Czech books for children.

What about the illustrations? Are they familiar to you? They might be.

The book was illustrated by Zdeněk Miler, the greatest father of the Little Mole, the most famous fairy tale character in Czech Republic. I wrote about it last year. Yet must say, the first edition of Kubula and Kuba Kubikula (1931) was illustrated by Ondřej Sekora, another gorgeous Czech artist.

Kubula and Kuba Kubikula

Finally, you might also know the animated version of Kubula and Kuba Kubikula that was created by Zdeněk Smetana in 1986. If you like, you can watch it here.

Kubula and Kuba Kubikula

Now I really wonder, which version of Kubula and Kuba Kubikula you like the most? Have you ever read the story? Or have you ever heard about it?

In any case, wherever you are, have a beautiful winter time with Kuba Kubikula, Kubula and Barbucha – if only you’re not pretty scared of it!