The video is in the mail

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After a lot of problems trying to make the videos in a proper DVD format and failing (unfortunately) without having to pay a lot of money to someone else to do it, I am pleased to say that the DVD is finally in the mail and is travelling to your addresses as we speak :):)


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The unique DVD collection preparted partner schools

and their team leaders from:

BULGARIA: Yuliya Georgieva—Osnovno Uchilishte "Sveti Kliment Ochridski”, Burgas

CROATIA: Maja Jercic—project’s coordinator in Osnovna škola "Spinut"- Split

GREECE: Efstratios Alexiou—11th Special Education Primary School of East Thessaloniki

ITALY: Anna Manzella—Istituto Comprensivo G. Lombardo Radice, Siracusa

LITHUANIA: Janina Adomaitiene—Palemono Vidurinė Mokykla, Kaunas

POLAND: Anna Sepioło - Publiczna Szkoła Podstawowa, Stara Słupia

SPAIN: Natacha Diaz Hernandez—C.E.I.P. Tomas Romojaro, Fuensalida

TURKEY: Salih Catal—Gulbirlik Ilkogretim Okulu, Isparta

UNITED KINGDOM: Elaine Johnson—Mere Green Combined School, Birmingham



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Folk Tales

The collection of the most fascinating

European folk tales and legends


I. The Jokers

II. Once upon a time in Dalmatia

III. The Twelve Labors of Hercules

IV. The Legend of Etna

V. Gediminas' Dream-the legend

of the founding of Vilnius

VI. The Legend of the Hungarian

Prince and the Deer

VII. The Legend of Bitter Pit

VIII. Turkish Legend of Maiden’s


IX. The Legend of Robin Hood







admire it. They said the house had a shape of the oak

chest that was guarded by the Black Ram. Some

complained because such luck didn't fall upon them, while

others were touched because the Child and the Woman

found each other.

No one could pass the hedge made of twelve times twelve

rose bushes without the Child's invitation.

In front of the house laid Tornjak, the shepherd Dog. His

loyalty was rewarded with the Child's goodness and the

Woman's kindness.

At least, that is what was told. And maybe known and

unknown storytellers would stress the virtues in Dalmatian

stories simply because they wanted people to mind






Andrijana Šarolić, 6.c

People in Dalmatia have a special connection

to the past. Our origins in this region reach

as far as the end of the last glacial period.

The oldest oral traditions deal with common

people and capture the true essence of the

natives. The fact that they survive shows

disregard for whom ever thinks has the claim

over the region. There can be no claim over

the way of life.


Once upon a time, in Dalmatian hinterland, an infant

became an orphan.

The father and mother succumbed to fever. The Child was

now alone. It was too small to carry the memory of his

parents. His Uncle, with the wife and five children, moved

into their house to look after the child.


She sighed, then laughed from the heart. Suddenly, a rattle

from the chest was heard, sounding much like the echo of

her laughter. The chest was filled with shiny coins and it

suddenly became heavy. It rolled out of her hands and the

coins spilled everywhere! A house of white stone emerged

from where the chest rolled to. The house was surrounded

by a yard with a flower garden. In the yard there was a well

and a wooden dog house. Twelve times twelve bushes of

red roses surrounded the house. The Woman and Child

looked at each other in wonder. The Dog was hopping as if

he understood what was happening. A dark cloud

appeared. The Black Ram's voice sounded from it:

- Child, this is your home. You've suffered enough. Live

happily with this Woman, she deserves to be happy, too.

Twelve times twelve bushes of red roses will protect you

from evil. This Dog deserves peace, too. He was the only

one faithful to the Child.

As this was said, the cloud disappeared.

The Dog entered his dog house happily and laid down.

The Woman held the child in her arms as they walked into

their new house that was now full of everything they would

ever need.

The villagers heard about the new house and came to


The Child was crying. He was afraid for the Dog and called


- Nooo! Come back! I don't need the treasure, I need you!

As soon as the Child spoke, the enchanted Ram

disappeared, the Dog got back to the Child who hugged

him. The Uncle and a few other villagers who were hidden

in the bushes ran to the oak chest. They opened it, but it

was empty! That shiny coin, as it turned out, was only a

bait to test the human greed.

They threw away the empty chest and went back to their

lives, caring neither about the Dog nor the Child, who

remained beside the stream.

The Child took the oak chest and climbed onto his faithful

friend's back. Together they went back to the village.

This time they took another path. They found a cottage

where a young Woman lived. Ten years ago she ran away

from the village, humiliated and despised because she

gave birth to a child, unmarried. She lived happily with her

Daughter until her Daughter got sick and died. The mother

didn't go back to her birthplace. She had sheep, goats and

chickens, which she earned working in other villages.

She saw a Child riding on a big Dog. She was filled with joy,

greeted them kindly and offered them fresh milk and warm


The Child told her everything he knew. He was small, but

understood what happened to him. The Woman took a look

into the chest. She opened and closed it quickly. She

thought it was nothing special.


Another reason was because the house was much better

than his own. Uncle wasn't too keen on hard work, the

woman feisty and cold, their children unloving. The Child

felt he was unwanted and one day he wandered away.

Nobody noticed he was missing.

On the eve of second day the Uncle noticed and raised a

fuss. The rest of the village joined. They started searching

with torches, calling the Child's name.

The Child wandered into the forest and fell asleep. When

he woke up, he saw a shepherd Dog. A Tornjak. The Dog

was banished from the village because some old lady

accused him of killing her sheep. They tried to stone him

for something a wolf did, but he was fast and strong, so he

managed to run away. The Child's parents knew the Dog

while they were alive. The Dog kept the entire village safe

from wolves. They knew the Dog would never hurt the

livestock. The Child’s parents always shared some of their

humble meals with him.


The Dog knew the Child. He approached him right away

and watched over him while he was sleeping. The Child

woke up, but wasn’t afraid of the Dog. He cried silently, he

was hungry. The Dog led the Child to a spring so he can

drink and freshen up.

The people were surprised as they saw the Child riding the

Dog, and they were even more surprised to see a gold coin

in the Child's hands as they reached the village. They

asked the Child to tell them where he got the gold coin, but

he couldn't say. He was too small to explain.

The people scattered through the forest and started to look

for the coins. It was said that highwaymen buried Venetian

treasure in the forest a long time ago. This time no one

wanted to hurt the Dog. They brought him along, but didn't

find anything.

Winter came, one of the coldest ones that the elders

remembered. The treasure was forgotten. Until springtime.

When it got warmer, the Uncle resumed the treasure hunt

with the villagers. They brought the Dog along. At twilight,

near the stream, they saw a Black Ram lying beside an oak

chest. A spell was cast upon this Ram and he was not

afraid of a hunter's gun. He didn't let anyone go near. He

receded somewhat before the Dog.

It was nightfall so they had to go back. Long into the night,

they talked about the wonder near the stream. The Black

Ram sat beside the treasure, so that nobody could get to it.

The elders heard from their elders that no one can defeat

the Black Ram.

The villagers agreed to give up on the search, but at dawn

each would go to the stream, hoping that they would kill

the Ram or find a way to trick it.


They couldn’t possibly know that the treasure was not

meant for the greedy. Unfortunately, there was no such

person amongst the villagers. The Uncle was exceptionally

greedy. He didn't care about the Child. The Child was

always close to the Dog and the Dog was always close to

the Child. And days went by. The Dog was protecting the

Child from the aunt's fury and her children's malice.

The Uncle went to the stream with the Dog and the Child.

He tried to turn the Dog against the Ram. It was in vain.

Suddenly, the Ram spoke:

- Your efforts are futile, you no-good man! The treasure is

for the Child, for he has no one. No one, except the Dog, to

take care of him. Come and get it if you dare, you mutt!

And you scoundrel, get lost before I gore you with my











Author: Leonardo Spada

Class 2^ A

Istituto Comprensivo G.Lombardo Radice



This is the legend of Etna, the most important Italian volcano

which is located in Sicily.


One day, in very ancient times, Enceladus, the oldest of the giants

decided to go up in the sky to remove the power to Jupiter and

command instead of him.

His brothers tried to help him putting all the highest mountains

one on another but it was a very difficult challenge. They had

nearly achieved the aim, when Jupiter threw a lightning against

them and the mountains.

Enceladus was buried under the Etna mountain and started to

throw smoke and fire out of it.

After some time, he stopped but he is still under the volcano and

occasionally it explodes and smokes.

Siracusa, the place where we live, is not far away from the

volcano: it often happens that we see Etna smoking, and our

thoughts go out to the angry Enceladus.

Erika Senkutė, age 14

Kaunas Palemonas Secondary

Gediminas’ Dream

The legend of the founding of


Lithuanian legends

A legend is a semi-true story, which has been

passed on orally from person-to –person.

A legend has important meaning for the culture in

which it originates. A legend usually includes some

elements of truth or is based on historic facts, but

with unbelievable characteristics. Legends usually

involve heroic characters or fantastic locations.

They may also include spiritual believes of the

culture in which they are created.

The period of Lithuanian mythology started in the

15th century. The myths are usually about the

founding of the state of Lithuania. Perhaps two the

best known stories are those of the dream of the

Grand Duke Gediminas and the founding of

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, and of Šventaragis,

which also is about the history of Vilnius.

Gediminas' Dream

According to the legend,

Grand Duke Gediminas was

hunting in the sacred forest

near the Valley of Šventaragis,

near where Vilnia River

flows into the Neris River.

Tired after the successful

hunt, the Grand Duke settled

in for the night. He fell asleep

and dreamed of a huge Iron Wolf standing on top a

hill and howling as strong and loud as a hundred

of wolves. In the morning the Duke

asked krivis (pagan priest) Lizdeika

to interpret the dream. And the

priest told him: "What is destined

for the ruler and the State of Lithuania,

is thus: the Iron Wolf represents

a castle and a city which will be established

by you on this site. This

city will be the capital of the Lithuanian lands and

the dwelling of their rulers, and the glory of their

deeds will echo throughout the world." Gediminas

obeyed the will of gods, built the city and named it Vilnius

– from the stream of the Vilnia River.

Author: Zuzanna Sikora

Primary School in Stara Słupia

The Świętokrzyska Land is famous for its interesting

legends and stories. One of them is called ‘The Legend of the

Hungarian Prince and the Deer’. According to the legend, St.

Emeric, the son of king Stephen I of Hungary, offered the relics

of wood from the Christ’s Cross as a thanksgiving votive for

finding way while hunting in the woods.

‘The Legend of the Hungarian Prince

and the Deer’

Emeryk was a Hungarian prince. Our King Bolesław Chrobry

invited him to Poland. Before the trip Emeryk’s father gave him the

golden relics of Saint Cross. After a long tiring trip, Emeryk came to

Kielce to one of the King’s mentions. He met there Bolesław Chrobry,

who organized the hunting. Emeryk with some knights went to the

highest mountains in the Świętokrzyskie region.

Suddenly, he saw a very large deer in the forest and

immediately ran after him. The animal tried to escape, but it could

not hide away. The Prince Emeryk didn’t give up and still chase the

animal. Then, he saw the deer trapped in the bushes. Its antlers

were entangled in the branches. The animal became too weak to

escape the Prince.

He was very happy to see the animal not able to ran away. He

looked at it closely and admired its beauty. He took out his arrow and

a bow and aimed at the deer. Suddenly, the deer looked at him and

Emeryk was surprised to see the shiny bright cross on his antlers.

Unexpectedly, the light blinded him for a moment. When he could

finally see, the animal managed to escape. The Prince called for help

because he realized he got lost. There was no answer, the hunters

could not hear him, the only thing he heard was just the echo in the

forest. It was getting darker and darker. Emeryk was exhausted and

hungry and he wanted to take some rest. Suddenly, became brighter

in the forest and the Prince saw the angel in front of him. Emeryk

was frightened and surprised to see the angel and crossed himself.

The angel told him not to be afraid and promised to take him to

the people, but he must leave there the worthiest thing he had with

him. The angel guided him to the wooden monastery on the Holy

Cross Mountain. The monks gave him some food and drink. The Prince

remembered about the promise and decided to leave there the very

special thing his father gave him before the trip. They were the

golden relics of saint cross.

After a few days he went to this monastery once again this

time with the Cracow bishop Lambert whom he gave this precious

gift. The pilgrimage of local people and monks came to the Holy Cross

Mountain’s larch church founded by Dabrówka where the bishop gave

the relics to the oldest monk. Bolesław Chrobry was very satisfied

with the gift his nephew left there and built there the church made

of stone.

He brought to this place twelve Benedictine monks from Monte

Cassino and offered them the nearest villages. The relics are in this

church to the present day. The place where the church was built was

called the Holy Cross Mountain (Góra Świętego Krzyża) and the

region the Świętokrzyskie.

Check yourself and do the quiz about the legend!!!

1. What was the name of the Hungarian prince who came to

the Świętkorzyskie region?

a) Emerald b) Emeryk C) Bolesław

2. What did the Hungarian prince bring to Poland?

a) the golden relics of saint cross b) the golden statue of

Emeryk c) the wooden cross

3. What animal did the prince see in the forest:

a) a wolf b) a deer c) a wild boar

Stara Słupia, the place where we live, is just at the foot of the

Łysiec Mountain called also the Holy Cross Mountain. It’s one of the

highest peaks in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains at 595 meters.

















One day, an oracle prophesied that she

would be killed by a venomous snake on

her 18th birthday. The sultan, in an effort

to thwart his daughter's early demise by

placing her away from land so as to keep

her away from any snakes, had the tower

built in the middle of the Bosphorus to

protect his daughter until her 18th

birthday. The princess was placed in the

tower, where she was frequently visited

only by her father. On the 18th birthday of

the princess, the sultan brought her a

basket of exotic sumptuous fruits as a

birthday gift, delighted that he was able to

prevent the prophecy. Upon reaching into

the basket, however, an asp that had been

hiding among the fruit bit the young

princess and she died in her father's arms,

just as the oracle had predicted. Hence the

name Maiden's Tower


According to the legend Ferhat was a

famous craftsman who lived during the

Persian time in Amasya. One day he was

called to a small palace built for Sirin,

Queen Mehmene Banu’s sister, to show his

art on its doors and walls. But something

unpredictable happened when Ferhat and

Sirin saw each other. They fell in love.

Ferhat went to Queen Mehmene Banu and

told her that he wanted so marry Sirin. The

Queen didn’t want this marriage and told

Ferhat, "If you want to marry my sister

Sirin, you must dig a huge channel right in

the middle of the Elma (Apple) mountains

of the city. Then, you must make the water

come through this channel to the city. If

you succeed, you may marry my sister. If

you fail, forget her." It was a 'mission


With the power of love, Ferhat started to

dig the mountain. But when he was just

about to finish the channel, he received a

message from Mehmene Banu: Sirin is

dead. With great anger Ferhat threw his

hammer in the air but the hammer fell on

his head and he died on the mountain he

was digging. However, the message was a

lie and after having heard about it Sirin

went to the mountain and there she saw

Ferhat’s dead body. She jumped from the

rocks of the mountain and killed herself.

Ferhat and Sirin couldn’t be together while

they were alive but now their graves are

next to each other. People believe that

every spring there are two roses growing

from each grave and while the roses are

about to touch each other, a black bush

appears in the middle of them and doesn’t

allow the roses to kiss each other.

The Şahmaran

The story begins when Cansab the wood

cutter is lowered into a well by a group of

friends to get honey. Thus, he finds

himself in Ş ahmaran’s underground world

where he is destined to stay due to his

friends abandoning him. Snakes capture

him and he appears before Şahmaran

himself. Cansab explained how he came to

be there upon which Şahmaran shares a

secret with the young man.

Cansab is then forced to stay for fear that

the secret would be told to those living

above. After very long period of time

Şahmaran gives in to the pleadings of the

young man to released back to his own

world. He is advised not to tell of what he

has seen or to go to the baths. It was said

that if he should enter the baths his skin

would turn to snake scales.

Cansab returns to his own world and for

many years tells no one of the events that

took place. However the countries ruler

become ill and Şahmaran is blamed for

the illness. Soldiers begin to look for

anyone who has seen Şahmaran. The

rulers men begin to take people one by

one to the baths where they are to wash

themselves in order to see who knows

more than what they are telling.

Cansab hides for

fear of this test

but is


captured and

returned to the

city. When he

washes in the

baths, his skin

turns to snakes

scales and the

secret is thus

brought to light.

The man is then persuaded to reveal how

to get to Ş ahmaran’s hiding place. The

king of snakes is captured very quickly,

taken to the baths, cut into three pieces

and sent to the ruler. Upon beign cured

the ruler makes Cansab grand vizier and

as result all the snakes of the world

became the mortal enemies of mankind.










Partner schools and their team leaders:

BULGARIA: Yuliya Georgieva (Osnovno Uchilishte "Sveti Kliment Ochridski“,


CROATIA: Maja Jerčić - project coordinator (Osnovna škola Spinut, Split)

GREECE: Efstratios Alexiou (11th Special Education Primary School of East


ITALY: Anna Manzella (Istituto Comprensivo “G. Lombardo Radice", Siracusa)

LITHUANIA: Janina Adomaitiene (Palemono Vidurinė Mokykla, Kaunas)

POLAND: Anna Sepiolo (Publiczna Szkoła Podstawowa w Starej Słupi, Nowa Słupia)

SPAIN: Natacha Diaz Hernandez (C.E.I.P. Tomas Romojaro, Fuensalida)

TURKEY: Salih Catal (Gulbirlik Ilkogretim Okulu, Isparta)

UNITED KINGDOM: Elaine Johnson (Mere Green Combined School, Birmingham)

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