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The Poku Book

Edgar Valter

  • Illustrator: Edgar Valter
  • Elmatar
  • 2009, 144 pp
  • ISBN: 9789985935491
  • fiction, storybook
  • Age: 6+
Rights sold: Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian and Udmurt

At first glance, the creatures named the Pokus look like tufted sedges. They live their lives discreetly, are friendly and inquisitive, but are terrified of human beings. The artist and children’s author Edgar Valter was one of the few lucky people to have ever gained their trust. His Poku Book tells about the Poku people, and details the life and times of the good-natured old Uncle Puuko at his cabin deep in the woods. There’s no denying that Uncle Puuko bears an uncanny resemblance, both in appearance and mind-set, to the author himself!

Edgar Valter’s Poku books – The Poku Book, The Poku ABCs, and Poku Stories – explore how to live in harmony with nature.

1st ed.: Ulvi Postkaart, 1994

4th ed.: Rahva Raamat, 2019
2020 Childrens', Young Adults' and Parents' Jury (Bērnu, jauniešu un vecāku žūrija), 2nd place (age 9+)
2002 The Eerik Kumari Nature Conservation Award
1996 National Art Prize
1996 IBBY Honour List, for illustrations
1996 Nukits Competition, 1st place for writing and illustrations
1995 Annual Children’s Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
1995 Children’s Book Design Competition, 1st prize