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Polish Fairy Tales

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Polish Fairy Tales is a charming collection of folk tales from Poland, gathered and retold by A. J. Glinski. The stories are filled with magic, adventure, and whimsy, featuring a variety of characters such as talking animals, clever peasants, and brave princesses. Each tale is beautifully written and offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of Poland.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is the way Glinski weaves in elements of Polish folklore and tradition. From mythical creatures like dragons and water spirits to traditional celebrations and customs, each story is steeped in the history and superstitions of the region. It was fascinating to learn more about Polish culture through these enchanting tales.

The illustrations in this book are also a highlight. They are vivid and colorful, bringing the stories to life and adding an extra layer of magic to the reading experience. I found myself getting lost in the intricate details of each image, which perfectly complemented the imaginative nature of the stories.

Overall, Polish Fairy Tales is a delightful read for readers of all ages. Whether you are a fan of fairy tales, folklore, or simply enjoy a good story, this book is sure to captivate and enchant you. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a magical escape into the world of Polish mythology.

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These are selections from a large collection made by A. J. Glinski, printed at Wilna in 1862. These fairy tales come from a far past and may even date from primitive times. They represent the folklore current among the peasantry of the Eastern provinces of Poland, and also in those provinces usually known as White Russia. They were set down by Glinski just as they were related to him by the peasants. In the translation it was of course necessary to shorten them considerably; the continual repetition—however quaint and fascinating in the original—cannot easily be reproduced. Portions, too, are often told in rhyme, or in a species of rhyming prose that we associate with the ancient ballad. The obvious likenesses between these and the folklore of Germany, the Celtic nations, or to the Indian fairy-tales, will strike every reader. The stories are longer than usual but very rewarding and fun to listen to.

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