"... Another important contribution
to children's literature. Original stories which fascinate
and give food for thought..."
Evgenia Palaiologou - Petronda, Nicosia, 8 December
"... Certainly, nobody knows and nobody else can
write such wonderful stories, so full of wisdom!"
Dimitris Manthopulos, Drama, December 1984
"... I was moved by the symbolism that can be
found in "Ergocles and the Giant"... The "Last
Why" was also symbolic with a charming plot and
ending -the "whys" never stop being asked
no matter how many of them we answer... Slightly more
difficult in its symbolism, "Diocles and his Horse"
talks about the relativity of time...A particularly
philosophical story. "
Dr. Andreas Michaelides-Nouaros, Professor, University
of Thessaloniki, 9 December 1984
"... Contemporary existential problems are offered
in a fairy tale mode, creating a fascinating atmosphere
and using ancient Greek names and a language that sparkles
and reminds of folk tales. A beautiful piece of work
for older children and teachers who are willing to discuss
it with their students."
TO SCHOLIO KAI TO SPITI (School and Home) magazine,
Athens, No 2/1985
"... The present, the past and the future are
harmoniously tied and offered in an artistic language,
which reminds us that of a folk tale, but has at the
same time poetic features without having its essence
DIAVAZO literary magazine Athens, 30 January 1985
"... The author -who has also in the past been
concerned with the topic of "folk tales"-
creates three stories/fairy tales for older children,
which follow the morphological and structural conditions
of folk tales, whereas at the same time they put forward
contemporary issues and problems at an existential level.
In the first story, the hero is confronted with the
danger of becoming a slave to the bad Giant, a figure
that exists within any way of living not in harmony
with the free will or free expression of a human being...
The hero will manage to avoid slavery every time he
reaches the crucial point of dependency on external
factors and will finally gain permanent freedom by living
according to his personal -not necessarily egotistic-
visions. The second story is about the human need of
providing answers to the great "whys" that
the natural and spiritual world poses. The message comes
from within the myth. The "whys" never end.
The human destiny, great as much as it is tragic, is
such: to search, to find, and to lose again the key
that can open the box with the replies to the "whys"
-the "whys" that never end. The third story
is distinct due to its inspiration and poetic style
of writing. The young man, who only owns a horse and
a hope, will discover that what is important is not
to overfly any obstacles but to live through them and
end up beating them or letting them take over; and also
that without this struggle -that is the experiences-
one can neither claim to have a past-memory nor a future-dream..."
POLITISTIKI EPITHEORISI magazine Athens, March 1985.
"... We really enjoyed reading it. We felt like
children again, but a special type of children - thoughtful
and grown up!"
Petros Glezos, President, National Society of Greek
and Dialehti Zevgoli-Glezou, poetess. Athens, 9 April
"... It makes us feel happy for the youth of
today to see that such clever but also fascinating books
are available at their times, written by artists such
as Loty Petrovits."
Hristos Katsiyannis, PORIA (newspaper) Corinth, 10 April
"... Three delightful fairy tales characterized
by the sophisticated freshness of our folk tales and
the features and charm of a great personal creation."
Ioannis Theoharis, Ioannina, April 1985
"... It is an original book drawn from the Greek
tradition, which manages to link the present, the past
and the future, and to talk about human worries and
timeless issues in a poetic manner."
NEOI KAIROI (newspaper) -Karditsa, 29 Sept.1985
"... These stories by Loty Petrovits have many
of those elements that create an unsurpassed enchantment,
like that of the classic fairy tales. Her stories reveal
truths not only in the first but also in the second
and the third reading -truths that everybody needs to
hear.... Every child will discover his/her own truth.
I discovered Hope; the hope that storytellers have not
Ant. Delonis, DIADROMES magazine, No 2, Athens, Summer
"... Texts with inner thoughtfulness about vital
and timeless human issues. The need for a free identity
formation, the uniqueness and value of every moment,
the eternal search of truth are the three central lines
on which three separate myths evolve."
Manos Kondoleon, DIADROMES magazine, No 9 -Athens, Spring