The Little Mill (originally published in 1999 as Melje, melje mlinček), written by Anja Štefan and illustrated by Marjanca Jemec Božič, is a collection of seven bedtime stories for young children. It won the “Levstikova nagrada” award in 2001. The stories are short and written in a special folk tradition. Children are very fond of them, as all of them focus on animals, various furry and feathered heroes (a mouse, a hedgehog, a cock, a crow, a hen, a jack hare and a jill hare). These animals love small pleasures of life and yet are the representatives of values like friendship, solidarity, generosity. The moral of each story is clear (we should not reach for the sky, for instance), however, the aesthetic quality of The Little Mill‘s language goes beyond the language of the fables. The fine English translation was made by Rawley Grau in 2022 for Litterae Slovenicae.
Original title: Melje, melje mlinček
Edited by: Tina Vrščaj
Price: 18,00 EUR