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Kristiina, the Middle One

Leelo Tungal

  • Illustrator: Kirke Kangro
  • Language: Estonian
  • Tänapäev
  • 2008, 167 pp
  • ISBN: 9789985626603
  • fiction, storybook
  • Age: 9+
Kristiina, the Middle One is a humorous story about a slightly eccentric family in the 1980s. The family includes a father, a mother, and three daughters: the schoolgirl Helen, 6-year-old Kristiina, and baby Imbi. They have a dog called Lassie, and often get visits from Grandma and Grandpa. Kristiina is a bubbly and enterprising girl, and her life is never boring: a bottle of ink breaks, so she smears it all over herself; she hangs her house key around the wrong dog’s neck, who then runs off with it; and she teaches the lifts at her music school how to beat out a rhythm. It’s a family story filled with love, warmth, and funny situations!

The illustrator Kirke Kangro is Leelo Tungal’s daughter, and coincidentally also the middle daughter of the family, which provided a wealth of inspiration for the book!
1992 Nukits Competition, 2nd place