Karolcia is a 1959 novel for children by Maria Krüger. In Poland it is required reading for classes I to III (7 to 9 year olds). The protagonist, Karolcia is an eight-year-old girl who finds a magical blue bead that fulfills her every wish. The girl and her friend Peter uses the bead to bring happiness to other people. They have various adventures including helping the President escape from an evil witch, Filomena, who also tries unsuccessfully to steal the bead. The bead becomes paler throughout the book and tells Karolcia that it will eventually vanish. Although Karolcia is unhappy by this, she and Peter decide not to be selfish with their final wish but to wish that the dreams of others be fulfilled leading to amongst other things, children receiving new toys, and recovering in hospital. The book ends with Karolcia being happy by this but also sad over the loss of the bead that has now disappeared. The success of novels for young readers encouraged the author to write a sequel. In 1970, she created a novel Witaj, Karolciu (Hello, Karolciu) the fate of the heroes of the first part.
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