Dimitris Kassaris The Winterhouse

Dimitris Kassaris The Winterhouse

picture book | 6+ 

Dimitris Kassaris The Winterhouse
Illustrated by Vassilis Papatsarouchas
with music by Nikos Xanthoulis

The book | Τhe Winterhouse is not a house like all the others. Every single thing inside it has a soul, and above all its door is open to anyone who wants to enter. A musical-poetic fairy-tale about the true values of life: about helping one another, sharing, being generous and loving.

The author | Dimitris Kassaris comes from Mytilene, on the island of Lesvos. He studied musical theory and gained a diploma in classical singing. He then worked as a music teacher in secondary education and in 1994 became an established member of the National Opera’s chorus. He has taken the lead vocal role in numerous productions, chiefly for the children’s stage and in chamber opera, along with other well-known lyrical artistes. He has also worked with leading artistes in the world of Greek song. He has written a collection of poems and several books for children, of which «The Little Theatre of the Sky» was proposed for the State Children’s Book Prize in 2005. In the same year he won the Greek Children’s Book Circle Prize for «The Fat Ladies», which was also proposed for the 2005 State Children’s Book Prize.

A musical fairy-tale from the mighty pen of Dimitris Kassaris and the tireless brush of Vassilis Papatsarouchas A dreamlike story about love, sharing and generosity. The CD that comes with the book bears the seal of Nikos Xanthoulis’s superb music and Lila Moutsopoulou’s giſt s as a narrator.
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ISBN: 978-960-219-319-8 • Price: 14,08 € • 21x29 cm. • Pages: 32

Εvi Papadopoulou Kimothoi’s Journey

Εvi Papadopoulou Kimothoi’s Journey

picture book | 6+ 

Εvi Papadopoulou Kimothoi’s Journey
Illustrated by Katerina Veroutsou
with music by Nikos Xanthoulis

The book | A musical fairy-tale which brings to life both the everyday activities and artistic treasures of ancient Greek civilization while familiarizing children with the science of archaeology. The water-nymph Kimothoi takes us on a journey to faraway states in bygone times - cultures that the towering waves of time may well have covered yet which have not been forgotten, since they will always form a part of Greek civilization. This book can be found in the Acropolis Museum as well.

The author | Evi Papadopoulou is an archaeologist and Lecturer in Prehistoric Archaeology at the School of Philosophy of the University of Ioannina. Since 1996 she has taken an active part in numerous excavations. She has worked at the 1st and 2nd Ephorates of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities, at the Ministry of Culture and the
National Archaeological Museum. Her tales have the ultimate aim of making the science of archaeology more approachable and transmitting knowledge of ancient Greek civilization to the general public.

The composer | Nikos Xanthoulis is a composer, a scientific associate of the Academy of Athens and a professor and advisor at the Greek Open University. He served as leading trumpeter in the National Opera’s orchestra and was in charge of its educational programmes. He is currently artistic director of the Greek National Radio and Television’s musical ensembles. As a composer he has specialized in opera for children and music for the ancient Greek theatre.

The CD with compositions by Nikos Xanthoulis adds a unique dimension to a book which takes young and old on a journey through Greek civilization through the melodies of the seven-stringed lyre of ancient Greece, while Katerina Veroutsou’s illustrations depict this long-gone world with accuracy yet with a creative approach, thus opening pathways to both knowlege and to our imagination.
Pelio Papadia, talcmag.gr

ISBN: 978-960-5940-02-7 • Price: 15,09€ • 21x29 cm. • Pages: 48

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Island of Delights

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Island of Delights

picture book | 6+ 

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Island of Delights
Illustrated by Katerina Veroutsou
with music by Nikos Xanthoulis

The book | Τhe Island of Delights was created for children. There, tears turn into laughter and unhappiness to joy. Even the flowers have all changed colours. The roses are deep purple, the daisies green and the poppies blue. But most magical of all, on the Island of Delights springtime never ends! But why does some unknown power want to destroy the island, and with it the children’s happiness? Only Asilamba Delasi will be able to find the answer!

A lyrically written story about those dreams that oſt en come in the dark, bringing fear, uneasiness, tears and sleepless nights.
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The verses have rhythm and the music will appeal to the young and old. This enables the children who read the book to
enjoy it both in a theatrical and musical way.
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ISBN: 978-960-219-324-2 • Price: 15,02€ • 22x31 cm. • Pages: 40

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Giant’s Star

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Giant’s Star

picture book | 6+ 

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Giant’s Star
Illustrated by Katerina Veroutsou
with music by Nikos Xanthoulis

The book | A tale about being diff erent, about being isolated, about prejudice, rejection, loneliness and fear, but also of dreams and hope. It is a story fi lled with power and images that awaken our emotions. In the series «The Adventures of Asilamba Delasi» the hero is a very special giant, the kindhearted and simple Asilamba, who has never said no to anyone. The CDs that accompany the books in this series feature songs and narrations of the tales.

The appealing, rhythmical verses are pleasing to the ear and are ideally suited to young readers, who will be able to learn them by heart with the help of Nikos Xanthoulis’s exceptionally beautiful music.
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One of the loveliest tales I have read in recent years.
Αpostolos Pappos, elpinex.com

ISBN: 978-960-219-257-3 • Price: 15,02€ • 22x31 cm. • Pages: 32

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Magic Violin

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Magic Violin

picture book | 6+ 

Marivita Grammatikaki Τhe Magic Violin
Illustrated by Iris Samartzi
with music by Nikos Xanthoulis

The book | The story of Amir, a musician who managed with the notes of his violin to change everything in Greytown and give warmth, peace and happiness to all. A tale which brings us closer to people’s souls and their need to feel joy.

The author | Marivita Grammatikaki was born in Chania on the island of Crete. She won a scholarship to study the viola at the Athens Conservatory and has worked with the orchestras of both the Greek Third Programme and the National Opera. In parallel with her musical career she has researched and written scripts for children’s television programmes and has written several tales for young readers, amongst them «The Magic Violin», which was staged at the National Opera as a musical for children with great success in May 2011. In 2010 she set up a folk tale workshop focussing on personal experiences, where she teaches both primary school children and their teachers the arts of folk tales and music as means of therapy, communication and developing creativity.

Candidate for the 2013 Greek State Prize

 

Both author and composer emphasize the immense and benefi cial power of music, inviting children to join them on a delightful musical journey.
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A hymn to the enchanting power of music.
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ISBN: 978-960-219-285-6 • Price: 15,02€ • 22x31 cm. • Pages: 48

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