The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure

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Kirsti Mäkinen
Simply Read Books, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 214 pages
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The national Finnish epic, The Kalevala, is one of the most important works of Finnish literature. It was originally compiled by Elias Lonnröt in the 19th century from ancient oral poetry. Since then, it has been translated into over 45 languages. This English translation captures the magic and beauty for children and adults alike. Beginning with the world's creation, it follows the stories of Väinämöinen, a shamanistic hero of song and story; his young rival, Joukahainen; and the handsome but arrogant Lemminkäinen. Their quests for love, revenge, truth, and the mysterious Sampo, the ultimate source of prosperity, have thrilled and inspired generations of readers. This vibrant translation, with shimmering illustrations by Pirkko-liisa Surojegin, is sure to attract even more fans.

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Chapter 1 Creation of the World
Chapter 2 The Singing Duel of Vainamoinen and Joukahainen

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About the author (2009)

Kaarina Brooks has translated and illustrated three books of Finnish folk tales for children. Born in Finland, Kaarina immigrated to Canada as a child with her parents and older sister, and now resides in southern Ontario with her husband.Kirsti Mäkinen is a Division Head at the National Board of Education of Finland. She is a Master of Finnish Language and Literature at the Coeducational Finnish Secondary School in Helsinki.Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin graduated in 1977 from Art College and has been a bookillustrator since the early 1980s.

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