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Which books do native Polish people in Poland use to learn Polish?

pawian 197 | 19,901
10 Apr 2021 #31
This one used to be on the reading list for 5th grade - I read it a few times coz it was one of my fav books in childhood - and later I read it to my kids, together with the sequel.

Tumbo from the Cape of Good Hope is a story about an African boy who has to escape racist persecution in the RSA. He illegally boards a ship which he thinks sails to Dakkar where his aunt lives but in fact it is a cargo ship with an international crew which supplies provisions to Antarctic stations. Tumbo gradually becomes a part of the crew, yet not without some racial problems. He is protected and taken care of by sailors from Europe who reject racial discrimination. But he is also abused and hated by sailors from the southern United States - confirmed racists ( around the times of racial segregation in the USA). Tumbo, who works as a chef`s assistant or kitchen boy, has multiple amazing adventures during his trip when he sails across the southern seas - he escapes from a rogue cook who plans to kidnap him into slave labour, takes part in an air crash and greatly contributes to the success of the rescue mission, boards a whaling ship and kills a whale (I never liked that part coz I have always loved animals.).

When we read books, we usually imagine we are the good characters. No, I didn`t imagine I was Tumbo. hahaha But I always imagined I was Olaf from a Scandinavian country - Sweden or Norway - who whole-heartedly takes care of Tumbo on the cargo ship and defends him against racial attacks by those villain Americans coz he is a simple, sympathetic, decent man. He has always been my role model.

Now you know everything about me.

  • Olaf takes care of Tumbo after the boy has been found on the ship

  • Tumbo escapes from the rogue cook at the whaling station

  • Tumbo climbs the mast chased by furious sailors who accuse him of adding poison to their meal
10 Apr 2021 #32
polish book
pawian 197 | 19,901
28 Apr 2021 #33
Tumbo from the Cape of Good Hope

I forgot to mention the book was written by the Centkiewiczs.

There is a sequel called Tumbo will never find peace. Tumbo is in his mid teens now and confronts his female peer, a daughter of a whaling ship captain. She is a racist obnoxious daredevil girl who treats Tumbo like a half slave. When she is swept off the board during a storm, Tumbo jumps into to the sea after her. They survive and have many adventures later on, and Tumbo saves Karen again and again. Gradually, she gives up her racist attitude and starts perceiving the boy as a brave, caring, noble human being.

pawian 197 | 19,901
22 May 2021 #34
I loved that book! It was on the reading list for grade 3 or 4. Surprise: it was written by Jan Grabowski in 1933 but communists decided to keep it - probably coz it tells the story of two small town dogs, members of canine plebs, who are visited by two urban dogs, aristocrats, sort of. They have multiple adventures and one of the nobles turns sides and becomes a commoner out of choice coz he hopes for a more interesting life in the country.

If you like dogs, get the book - it is very amusing.

Putz, Amber and Guests.,_Bursztyn_i_go%C5%9Bcie

Paulina 13 | 2,925
23 May 2021 #35
Putz, Amber and Guests

Oh, I loved that book! And the illustrations! (I had exactly that edition) It taught me more empathy towards animals, because it was showing what dogs were thinking/"saying" - it was written from their point of view. After reading it I started nagging my grandma during summer holidays (which we were spending in the countryside when I was a kid and a teen) to give more and better food to my grandparents' dogs (and cats) lol Btw, my grandma still has such tiled stove as in one of the illustrations :)
pawian 197 | 19,901
23 May 2021 #36
it was written from their point of view

yes, they think and act in the book exactly like humans! That is very funny. The first illustration shows their group socialising in the market square of the small town.

It taught me more empathy towards animals,

Yes! Today, whenever I see loose/stray dog or dogs heading somewhere I immediately bring back the book and I imagine they are going to a meeting in the market square.:):)
pawian 197 | 19,901
1 Jun 2021 #37
Another primary school reading. The Gold Ball by Ożogowska. I loved that one coz it features funny adventures of two buddies who live in the same street. One day they find an amber object which they call the Gold Ball. They believe it has magic properties and brings luck. They make a deal and take turns in keeping the ball for one week. Their adventures are a bit crazy, I mean nothing out of this world, just youngsters` original ideas. E.g. one day they decide to play Mucius Scevola who put his arm into fire to prove Roman bravery and endurance. So, they collect and light a heap of dry leaves in the basement of their tenement house, scaring all residents into fire panic. hahaha

The book was written in 1962 and remained a set text for two decades, I suppose. New editions that I see now suggest it was even 3 decades.

No more coz the plot contains a serious flaw - naughty kids are punished by parents with beating. I didn`t like to read those scenes as a child but treated them as sth normal coz they were a common occurence in past Poland.

pawian 197 | 19,901
12 Jun 2021 #38
Ha! One of the greatest readings for kids is Mr Blotch`s Academy and Mr Blotch`s Travels. Pan Kleks is a a wizard and educator. He runs an academy for boys whose first names start with A - they learn unusual subjects and experience amazing adventures in real and magical world.

I think I read it about 20 times when a boy. Magnificent food for everybody`s imagination.

pawian 197 | 19,901
18 Jul 2021 #39
Plastuś` Diary was a book for second grade, I suppose. I loved it. A primary schoolgirl Tosia makes a small plasticine figure, Plastling, which comes to life and has multiple adventures, especially at school coz he lives in Tosia`s pencil case and becomes a companion of other enlivened objects: Rubber, Ruler, Sharpener etc.

Very funny story.

pawian 197 | 19,901
23 Aug 2022 #40
Karolcia - Little Carol, written in 195 by Maria Kruger.

8 year old Carol finds a magical bead which fulfills wishes. She and her friend Peter have a lot of fun with it. I will never forget their crazy adventures in the department store after they wished to become invisible. It is enough to say that on the next day papers report those incredible incidents. :):):)

Having fun is good until Filomena the witch enters the stage in order to steal the bead. Kids manage to prevent Filomena from getting the bead and eventually, for the final wish, they ask the bead to make the dreams of all the people who live in their street come true. And so it happens. Their family and neighbours have their deepest dreams fulfilled.

Reading the book, I imagined having that magic bead and giving happiness to people in the final wish. Amasing feeling. :):):)

Good this book is still on the reading list in primary school. Some things never change. :):):)

  • Filomena the witch trying to capture the bead

  • Carol and Peter wish they can fly
pawian 197 | 19,901
11 Nov 2022 #41
I wrote in another thread:

Long ago, in 1970s, I read a kids` book about twin siblings and their family with the main protagonist of grandma who tries to adopt a small boy without telling others first. They called her Bunia, from babunia.

I don`t remember the title or the author.

the plot :

Two twins, brother and sister, around 11 -12 years old, live with their parents and grandparents. The siblings notice that the granny has changed her lifestyle - leaves home far more often than before. They decide to follow her and to their complete amazement they discover she looks after a little boy around 4. One day she brings the boy home and declares the family is adopting him. The twins react with hostility and decide to run away. They hide in the city park where they are found by their grandfather who tells them a story without mentioning any names: one day, there was an accident in which both parents died, leaving baby siblings. They were soon adopted by another acquainted family who felt it was their moral duty to take care of their colleagues` kids. .

The twins listen to the story and change their attitude - they decide to come back home and accept the little boy as their new sibling.

I always wondered reading that book if the story told by the grandpa referred to the twins and the adoption of them by their current family when they were babies. The author leaves that part unexplained.

Not a fun book, definitely, not my fave, but I still liked it and read a few times coz it was wise and inspirating.
Alien 12 | 2,186
11 Nov 2022 #42
Mr Blotch`s Academy

Is it correct to translate surnames?
pawian 197 | 19,901
11 Nov 2022 #43
Yes, it is correct and even advised to translate names in such books for kids. Coz they aren`t typical names, they are special and lose a lot in foreigner`s perception when not translated.

Trust me. I had dealt with professional translation before becoming a teacher.
pawian 197 | 19,901
11 Nov 2022 #44
They were soon adopted by another acquainted family who felt it was their moral duty to take care of their colleagues` kids. .

I forgot to add that the family who adopted the bereft baby twins were childless and because of that adoption, they resigned from having their own kids. That is why I said the book was inspiring to me. Such a devotion and sacrifice is a rare thing today.
Alien 12 | 2,186
12 Nov 2022 #45
Trust me

I trust you,...this time.
pawian 197 | 19,901
12 Nov 2022 #46
.this time

Today - this time. Tomorrow - at all times. It is called progress.

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