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Swaiyam  Identity Verified
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Nov 25, 2006

Sorry I don't speak Polish! Hope you don't mind my writing in your forum.

Am looking for Polish fairy tales online and came across this website:
http://www.apronus.com/learnpolish/listext.htm
SZELMOSTWA LISA WITALISA has been read out- could you tell me what this might be in English?

My main question though- Would any of you have ideas on how/where I can buy/download Polish fairy tales? I live in in Rheinland Pfalz in Germany, have tried amazon, ebay, bookshops but haven't been able to find anything!

Wanted to surprise my Polish husband with some Polish fairy tales for him to read out to our 2 year old... Not sure how I'll illustrate the "book" without knowing the language but that hurdle will get crossed later...

Thanks for your help!
Anu


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try at Allegro Nov 26, 2006

Hi,

There's a Polish site for auctions called ALLEGRO (www.allegro.pl). I know that many friends of mine have bought there interesting books. Unfortunately, the site doesn't support English language

Here is the section dedicated to children's books:
http://www.allegro.pl/99_ksiazki_dla_dzieci.html



M.


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Polish children's songs Nov 26, 2006

I know you're looking for books, but maybe you'll be interested also in some children's songs. It happens that I have a lot of mp3 files with children's songs popular in the 80's (my childhood) as they were linked to a tv program emited on public tv channel.
If you like, e-mail me, and I'll pass you some of them

Good luck!

M.

[Edited at 2006-11-26 00:48]


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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Allegro is a good idea, but if you can't get through language, you may also try eBay with searching set for Polish sellers. Since Polish can accept payments through PayPal, they can now also sell things abroad. And you can search Polish offers through eBay website in your language.

I hope this helps

Anni


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Book book, or audio book? Nov 27, 2006

Not quite sure if you are looking for an audio book or a paper book.

You will find the paper version of "The Mischiefs of Witalis the Fox" here:

http://www.merlin.com.pl/frontend/towar/451268#fullinfo

Merlin is one of the biggest internet stores in Poland. The book in the link is a reprint of the classic version with illustrations by Jan Marcin Szancer. Illustrations in some new Polish fairy tale collections are, to put it mildly, atrocious.

You can access the website in English.

HTH
Pawel Skalinski


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Try this site: Nov 27, 2006

http://www.bajki-grajki.pl/index.php?go=produkt&id=134&magazyn

These are classic Polish fairy tales, stories and poems for children. Have a look at the Bajki-Grajki series - each book comes with a CD, and the audio versions are also classic and excellent. Your husband may remember some of them from his childhood. Unfortunately the site is in Polish only; choose "Muzyczne" for Bajki-Grajki or "Książki" for other books.

HTH

A.


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Thank you! Nov 28, 2006

Thank you all so much for your input!

I have in the meantime also been sent the following address: http://siedmiorog.pl/?pg=ksiazka_inside&idksiazka=1138&idksiazka_inside_zdjecie=755
and am looking forward to presenting husband and child with
a handmade book with the texts from this site.

As Pawel pointed out, the illustrations nowadays are pretty atrocious at times. I've had the same experience on the English front. With the new Ladybird Cinderella, Rapunzel etc.- The totally "animation type" illustrations of the new editions are just so depressing ... So I am wary of going to sites and just ordering anything.

I'm interested in finding a particular collection or a particular book with traditional fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Something beautiful that you might remember from your childhood with stories that every Polish child should/would know. Or fairy tales, nursery rhymes you've come across in the form of a book, cassette, CD whatever. And in case you know of a website with the (well written, or a classic) text of a famous fairy tale (for children), well that would be very welcome too.

Hubby and his Polish friends don't seem to have read anything in their childhood... So asking him didn't help much!

Thanks again
Anu


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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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Veru good online bookstore Nov 30, 2006

www.merlin.com.pl - however it works only in Polish, but they have very good selection of books and send them abroad for a reasonable fee.

good luck
Stazek


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