Kristiina, the Middle One is a humorous story about a slightly eccentric family in the 1980s. The family includes a father, a mother, and three daughters: the schoolgirl Helen, 6-year-old Kristiina, and baby Imbi. They have a dog called Lassie, and often get visits from Grandma and Grandpa. Kristiina is a bubbly and enterprising girl, and her life is never boring: a bottle of ink breaks, so she smears it all over herself; she hangs her house key around the wrong dog’s neck, who then runs off with it; and she teaches the lifts at her music school how to beat out a rhythm. It’s a family story filled with love, warmth, and funny situations!
The illustrator Kirke Kangro is Leelo Tungal’s daughter, and coincidentally also the middle daughter of the family, which provided a wealth of inspiration for the book!
1992 Nukits Competition, 2nd place