An Illustrated Kalevala

Myths and Legends from Finland

Kirsti Mäkinen; Illustrated by Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin; Translated by Kaarina Brooks

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  • A thrilling and inspiring prose retelling of Finland’s national folk saga
  • Presented in a sumptuously produced hardback gift edition that will be treasured by readers of all ages
  • Stunning, delicate illustrations from acclaimed artist Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin bring the story to life in rich and exquisite detail

Encounter magical shamans, mighty eagles and terrifying beasts in this superb prose retelling of Finland's national folk saga, lavishly illustrated and beautifully presented in a hardback gift edition.

234 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Story Books & Anthologies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 9 to 16 years
160 pages
Publication date:
14 May 2020


Encounter magical shamans, mighty eagles and terrifying beasts in this lavishly illustrated, adaptation of the classic Finnish epic.

This superb prose retelling of Finland's national folk saga is brought to life with exquisitely detailed artwork of magical creatures, snowy mountains, adventurous heroes and dark forests by renowned illustrator Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin.

Thrilling and inspiring, An Illustrated Kalevala is the perfect collection to share and give a lifetime of enjoyment to children and adults alike.

Table of Contents

About the Kalevala
1. The Creation of the World
2. Väinämöinen and Joukahainen
3. The Sad Fate of Aino
4. Joukahainen’s Revenge
5. Väinämöinen in Pohjola
6. Väinämöinen and the Maid of Pohjola
7. Ilmarinen Forges the Sampo
8. Lemminkäinen and Kyllikki
9. Lemminkäinen Wages War on Pohjola
10. The Restoration of Lemminkäinen
11. Väinämöinen’s Journey to the Land of the Dead
12. The Maid of Pohjola’s Rival Suitors
13. The Wedding Feast
14. Lemminkäinen’s Adventures
15. The Tragic Life of Kullervo
16. The Golden Maiden
17. The Theft of the Sampo
18. The Birchwood Kantele
19. Louhi’s Revenge
20. Marjatta and the King of Kalevala
About the Contributors


Praise for Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin:

'The illustrations are beyond marvelous.'
-- Youth Services Book Review on Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas


Kirsti Mäkinen (1939-2016) worked at the National Board of Education of Finland and was a lecturer in Finnish language and literature at the Helsinki Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu High School. Her adaptation of The Kalevala for children was awarded a 2009 Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society.

Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin is a well-known Finnish illustrator, renowned for her delicate, detailed portrayals of Finland's wildlife and folklore. She graduated in 1977 from Helsinki University of Art and Design and has since illustrated many books loved by children and adults. She is the illustrator of Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas, also published by Floris Books.

Kaarina Brooks was born in Finland and emigrated to Canada as a child. She is a translator and illustrator of three books of Finnish folktales for children.

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