Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kalo Dant, The Clock and The Chair

In my last post I promised to talk about "Gypsy Folk Tales". This is a fabulous collection of tales from way back in 1966 by a Marie Voriskova. Now I don't remember any of the stories but do remember the main character Kalo Dant. Here is a sample of what the stories were like.

"Granny's Wonderful Chair" by Frances Browne is also a collection of stories - where Granny's chair tells enthralling tales evening after evening and also conveniently doubles as a mode of transportation to get from one place to another. Gutenberg has the ebook for free!

"The Cuckoo Clock" by Mrs. Molesworth also on Gutenberg is the story of a girl who comes to stay with her aunts. The house is magical and so is the Cuckoo Clock. There is a live cuckoo in the clock and the girl climbs up to visit. The cuckoo takes her to many lands - including the far side of the moon!

Also remember reading books set in post war Germany by Margot Benary Isbert. At that time I was really too young to understand the horrors wrought by the war.

What childhood books stick in your head even after so many decades have passed? Please do let me know.


  1. I remember Pushkin Tales. It was the first book I won as a prize or something and the tales were so wonderful.

    Then of course, I used to love the Hindu Mythological Tales from the books, Gods, Demons and Others by R.K.Narayan.

    Enid Blyton, Chandamama, Champak, Tinkle - lovely!

  2. Going to look up the links right now! Thanks for the info :)

  3. Saumya: J and I used to fight over Champak!

    Shyam: :-)