P is for Poland by Prodeepta Das, Agnieszka Mrowczynska

P is for Poland

Written by Prodeepta Das, Agnieszka Mrowczynska
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P is for Poland by Prodeepta Das, Agnieszka Mrowczynska

From Amber to Chopin, from Borsch to Vistula, this photographic alphabet celebrates everything Poles love best about Poland. Set in the heart of Europe and full of lakes, forests and mountains, the country has wild animals which have disappeared from the rest of Europe. Polish history and folk traditions, its storytelling and cooking all combine to make a special way of life that Polish people take with them wherever they go.


'A wonderful series - a simple concept but invariably perfectly executed' 'A thought-provoking journey... In our multi-cultural classroom, this series is ideal to share and enables an appreciation of different ethnic backgrounds and traditions.' '

- a simple concept but invariably perfectly executed'

-provoking journey... In our multi-cultural classroom, this series is ideal to share and enables an appreciation of different ethnic backgrounds and traditions.

- From Amber to Vistula, this book celebrates everything about Poland. || P is for Poland follows on the back of other successful titles for Prodeepta and publishers Frances Lincoln, who are hoping that kapliczka, makowiec, osceypek and wydmy and a big hit with children and their parents this Christmas. || Contains a weath of information about modern Poland and together with the well-chosen photographs may encourage even young pupils to want to learn more about Poland, her peoples and her history. || So how should we present other European countries to children in their literature? A recent agreeable example is Agnieszka Mro wczynska and Prodeepta Das

- glowing amber, embroidered linen, children eating poppy cake and so forth. What is significant about this title which was commissioned by the publisher to be part of a series of alphabet books featuring different countries is their choice of author. Agnieszka Mro wczynska is Polish and although she now lives in England, she often visits her family in Poland. The young reader is thereby introduced to Poland by a book which is written from a genuinely Polish perspective and which takes pleasure in the richness and uniqueness of a particular culture. || The idea behind this book is very simple, but the attention to detail is exquisite. The photographic illustrations, which vary from close-ups of national dishes to historic monuments, have all been set in coloured frames and every page has its own unique decorative border and illuminated letter. The book's endpapers feature hand-embroidered folk art and the texture of the linen has been so beautifully rendered that you want to reach out and touch the pages. All in all this is a great little book. There is easily enough information to whet the appetite, and while the text has clearly been written with a young audience in mind, the author does not at any stage talk down to her readers. || A photographic alphabet that celebrates the things that Poles love best about their country, from amber to Chopin, the Nagietki flower to the Vistula River. A useful addition to the publisher's series of photographic introductions to countries.

About the Author

Agnieszka Mrowczynska was born and brought up in Warsaw, and read English Language and Literature at Warsaw University. She now lives in England where she works as a translator and interpreter, but often goes back to visit her family in Poland. Prodeepta Das was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa, R is for Russia and B is for Bangladesh.

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32 pages


Prodeepta Das, Agnieszka Mrowczynska
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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

1st March 2013



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