Winning Year: 1972
Illustrator: Krystyna Turska
Title: The Woodcutter's Duck

Original Publisher: H Hamilton
Current Publisher:
Out of print

This story is set in the mountains of Poland with fantastic characters: Bartek a poor lonely woodcutter with no wealth but a kind heart, a talking frog king with magical powers and the Great Hetman, a hard-hearted villain.


Krystyna Zofia Turska was born in 1933 and spent her childhood in Poland until World War Two. In 1940 she was arrested with her family and taken to a concentration camp in Russia. She escaped to Persia and finally reached England in 1948.

She studied at the Hammersmith School of Art and became an illustrator and writer of children's books.