The stories of the Kalevala are retold in prose versions in this book, making the plots and themes accessible without the challenges of the original poetic form. Originally intended as a way to introduce the Kalevala to fourth and fifth grade students at Waldorf (Steiner) schools, this book can be enjoyed by anyone looking for an easier to read introduction to the stories of the Kalevala. The prose stories include brief poetic excerpts from the Kalevala translation by W. F. Kirby, so that the reader can get a taste of the original.
The book concludes with a chapter for teachers, including information on Rudolf Steiner's interpretation of the Kalevala and suggestions for using the book in the classroom.
Author: Irmgard Burtscher