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A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer.
Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Puffin Books, 1993
ISBN: 9780140363340
$4.99 ($5.99 Can.)
Branch Call Number: J Fiction
Characteristics: 176 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Katchamakoff, Atanas 1898-1988


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IndyPL_SteveB Jan 03, 2019

An unusual but interesting children’s novel about Dobry, a boy growing up in Bulgaria after World War I. His father died in the war and his mother refused to remarry. They live with Dobry’s grandfather, a man with an extraordinary amount of energy and a gift for storytelling. His family has been well-known as successful farmers for generations, but Dobry is talented as an artist. His mother fears this will take Dobry away from the farm and village but the grandfather insists that God gives each of our talents and we must follow them.

In a modern novel, this would be cause for great angst and soul-searching; but Dobry loves his village, his family, and the shoemaker’s daughter, whom he plans to marry someday. Yes, he wants to be an artist, but an artist in this village. The appeal of the book is not in its plot, which is mostly moving through the seasons looking at peasant life in Bulgaria. The book’s strength is in its language, in the enthusiasm of Grandfather’s folk tales and original tales, and its portrayal of the everyday life of people for whom small pleasures make for great excitement.


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