Literature Review: Christmas Fairy Tales

Līga Horgana is back with a literature review of  Christmas Fairy Tales , a collection of short stories  written and illustrated by Margarita Stāraste and translated by Indra Lielbriede. A week ago, the local children’s library was decorated for Christmas. All the visitors were welcome to enter the “Winter Fairy Tale” exhibition and enjoy this magical time together with Margarita Stāraste (1914-2014) – an artist beloved by generations of readers, whose works radiate love, joy and the variety of the nature and the living world. The author of about 20 children’s books and illustrator of 40 others, Stāraste’s passion for art and the magical fairytale world is readily apparent in the Christmas Fairy Tales compilation (Translated by Indra Lielbriede, published by ZvaigzneABC in 2012), originally published in 1943.  This approximately hundred-page long work contains seven stories and lively blue-white illustrations that depicts unusual characters, along with their worries and happiness. The

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