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Koirien Kalevala

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  556 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Kaukana Kalevalan mailla asui villi ja vapaa koirien heimo, sen naapurina pimeässä Pohjolassa hurja ja häijy susien kansa, ja niiden välissä pieni mutta sitkeä kissojen heimo. Koirat ja sudet kilpailivat metsien kuninkuudesta, ja usein niiden välille syntyi kiivaita kahinoita.Kirjailija Mauri Kunnas loihtii eteemme kalevalaisen ajan jännittävät tarinat ja henkilöt Väinämöi ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published 2007 by Otava (first published 1992)
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Kalevala

Ha! Ya gotta love that cheeky AI's sense of humor...
Austra
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, finland
Somu klasika pavieglā un ilustrētā versijā. Ļoti izklaidējoši, pietiekami informatīvi un galvenais - tās bildes!
Christine
This is a pretty awesome retelling of the Kalevala involving dogs, wolves, and cats. The illustrations are so funny. Really great for kids and adults.
Christopher
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE CANINE KALEVALA is a retelling of the Finnish national epic by children's author Mauri Kunnas featuring, as so often, dogs and cats in the roles. The English translation is by Tim Steffa. Kunnas depicts most of the Kalevala's plot where its characters seek the Sampo, though it opens with the confrontation between Joukahainen and Vainamoinen. There are some changes to make this more suitable for small children -- the attempted rape of Aino by Vainamoinen and her suicide is reversed, with Aino ...more
Tytti
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mauri Kunnas's books were my childhood favourites and I remember learning a lot from them. This book is no exception. Like most Finns I have never read Kalevala and I only know some of the stories from here and there, so the whole story was mostly new to me.

Kunnas's drawing style ensures that there is a lot to discover, both for kids and adults. Many of the pictures have clearly been influenced by Akseli Gallen-Kallela's famous paintings, though some of them, as well as the stories, have been m
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Sarah
Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read the English translation: The Canine Kaleva.
This picture book, which uses cats and wolves and dogs to depict the characters, makes The Kalevala, the 600 page, Finnish national epic, accessible to younger readers and to anyone not wishing to tackle the actual epic. Kunnas takes on the wieldy task of compacting a huge story, with a large cast of characters into 32 dense pages. The spirit of the story is captured, as is Finnish mythology and psyche, but at times the pace is hurried. Several o
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Dave
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
From what I've read, you really need to know the Kalevala (Finland's national epic) and famous paintings of some of its scenes to get all the jokes, but even ignorant as I am of these things this is still a really fun read. The story is easy to read despite being filled with mysterious diacriticals and Kunnas packs a lot of detail into the illustrations.
Mila
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely version of Kalevala! It's adviced to take it with a grain of salt since it's a children book and some facts were actually changed or omitted. Still a good read I will definitely go back to in the future!
Olli-Pekka
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Iltasatuna luettu kirja sai lukijan ja kuuntelijat toteamaan yhteen ääneen, että tämä oli paras Mauri mitä on luettu.
Amanda Jordan Smith
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful details and illustrations! One of my favorite children's book authors!
MjL
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Luin esikoiselle (5,7v) ääneen, lapsi piti tarinasta kovasti.
Amy Cariotto
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story, but I love Mauri Kunnas' books primarily for the amazing cartoons/pictures. They're so much fun to read! I can't wait to read this with my nephew.
Jenni
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ihana tarina, jossa oli erilaisia eläimiä. En ole Kalevalaa koskaan lukenut, joten tuli sekin tarina hieman tutuksi.

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Tarja Kilpeläinen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taattua Kunnas-laatua!
Lusitarius
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lasten-kirjat
Kirja oli varsin piristävä versio Kalevalasta. Tämä uppoaa varmasti paremmin lapsiin, kuin lyhennelmät alkuperäisestä Kalevalasta.

Kuvitus on ehtaa Kunnasta ja jopa Herra Hakkarainen löytyi Kalevalan maisemista samoamasta silmät ristissä. Kuvat ovat ehkä astetta synkempiä, sillä osa kuvista on linkitetty Akseli Gallen-Kallelan töihin. Ei siinä mitään pahaa ole, päinvastoin juuri nämä linkitetyt kuvat ovat mielestäni teoksen upeimpia.

Juonelliset muunnelmat olivat erittäin huvittavia ja saivat pien
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Katya
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A funny (yet quite poetic!) adaptation of Kalevala for kids. In this story Väinämöinen and Ilmarinen are presented as dogs, old Lohi and people of Pohjola are wolves and Lemminkäinen - a stubborn little cat.
One of the funniest features of the book is that the author provides hilarious "canine" versions of famous Akseli Gallen-Kallela's illustrations to Kalevala.
Uriah
Dec 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kids, finland
A great way to be introduced to the stories of the Finnish Kalevala. The illustrations are fun and exciting and the text (in English) captures the feel of the original work. Turning the epic poem of Finland into a childrens book couldn't have been easy but it is very well done here.
Dawn
Jul 26, 2008 marked it as to-read
I have the translated (English) version: The Canine Kalevala. Lucky me :-)
Janika Puolitaival
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enpä muistanutkaan miten hyvä tämä on. Nyt tuli Louhikin kerrattua ja säkeet jäi soimaan päähän. Hyvä Kunnas!
Elisa
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Hauska keino tutustua eepoksen hahmoihin ja juoneen pääpiirteissään. Hupaisaa taidehistoriallista intertekstuaalisuutta mukana.
Elina
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hyvä kirja luettavaksi ennen äidinkielen koetta aiheesta, jos ei aitoon kalevalaan jaksa tarttua tai ei ole siihen aikaa niin kuin minulla.
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