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Folk Tales is a collection of traditional Czech folk tales collected and compiled by Bozena Nemcova and Karel Jaromir Erben. Illustrated by Josef Lada, this book is a jewel, a must have for kids and adults interested in Czech culture. This book is hardbound.
Folk Tales is from the Czech Republic translated into English with delightful illustrations that capture the spirit of the tales: Princess Goldie; Waterboy and Old Man Knowall; The Snow Maiden; The Firebird and the Clever Vixen; Cook, Mug, Cook!; Mr. Long, Mr. Broad and Mr. Sharpeye; The Magic Sword; The Gingerbread House; The Forest Nymph; The Wise Goldsmith; Prince Bayaya; The Seven Ravens; The Clever Princess; Peterkin. This book features 14 traditional Czech folk tales by K.J. Erben (6 folk tales) and B. Nemcova (8 folk tales).
Illustrated by Josef Lada.
Josef Lada (1887 – 1957) was Czech painter, author, illustrator, and dramatist. He was born in a small village of Hrusice in a cobbler’s family. Entirely self-taught, he created his own style as a caricaturist for newspapers, and later as an illustrator. Lada created some 15 000 drawings and over 400 painting, he illustrated 120 books, designed the set for 9 plays, created 20 posters and 6 animated films, the author of dozen books.
He is best known as the illustrator of Jaroslav Hašek’s World War One novel The Good Soldier Švejk. Lada won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1963. The asteroid 17625 Josef Lada has been named after him.
Pablo Picasso said of Lada’s work: “This man works with form just as freely as I do”.