THE CHERRY TREE GUARDIAN & CHRISTMAS OF BIG MIRACLES





THE CHERRY TREE GUARDIAN


Children should continue to read stories to adults so that they might improve and become better, because adults can learn from children more easily than the other way round – this comes from the prologue of the present story, with which we continue the successful series of Stories from Ivanville . In this story, the author, with unobtrusive and skilful narration, introduces us to the life of a mischievous boy Slingo, whose sling is the ‘fear and trembling’ of all the windows in Ivanville. His mischievousness focuses on the only cherry tree in Ivanville, owned by Landlord Fright, whose grandchildren have never enjoyed their grandfather’s cherries because of Slingo, who always picks them before they are ripe. Landlord Fright tries to stop Slingo in both gentle and ungentle ways, but has no success in taming him. In the end, the wisdom of the village teacher, Mr Wiseman, succeeds. He finds a solution worthy of Solomon: Slingo should be entrusted with the role of a cherry tree guardian, and he will, because of the honour bestowed on him, keep the cherries safe from others and, most importantly, from the greatest of all the cherrypickers – himself. So the cherries will be preserved, and Slingo will, in return, instead of cherries, be filled with praise. Slingo full of pride, and the cherry tree full of fruit as well.


Author Miro Radalj, illustrator award-winning Andrea Petrlik


HARDBACK, 32 pp, 165x230 mm, full color illustrations


CHRISTMAS OF BIG MIRACLES or Wishes, Letters,


Chocolate Some stories adults read to children, some stories children to themselves, and this one children should read to adults, as it stands in the Prologue of this story, which, in the extremely skilled narrative way, but also very unpretentious, teaches us the most important lesson in mathematics: sharing is multiplication. This warm Christmas story takes us into the world of a boy, Ivo, from Ivanvillage in Ivanland, where, in the fairytale atmosphere of warm family home, a great temptation shows itself in the form of a large bag of chocolate that refills itself when its content is being selflessly shared with others. The trap of selfishness, in which was tangled this good-natured boy Ivo, unravels the educational lesson that is universal regardless of age. Therefore, this picture book, although written in the language of children’s stories, with its timeless message represents useful material in the school of life for every reader, regardless of age. Actually, it does not matter whether the adults read it to children, or children to adults, in both cases it is intended for those who read, as well as to those whom it is being read.


Author Miro Radalj, illustrator award-winning Andrea Petrlik


HARDBACK, 32 pp, 165x230 mm, full color illustrations


Rights sold: China