As a child in a far-away misty corner of Volhynia, W.S. Kuniczak was carried away to an extraordinary world of magic and illusuion by the folktales of his Polish nurse. "To this day I merely need to close my eyes to see...an imaginary picture show and chart the marvelous geography of the fantastic," he writes in his introduction. Many of the tales are universal to all Western Slavic languages and cultures and have been told and retold for 1,000 years. This collection, written down over the years as Kuniczak recalled them, serves to "stir the imagination and arouse curiosity about this...enchanting world of simple moral lessons, broad wit, sly allegory and an abiding faith in the betterment of our lot."