Russian Folk Tales

Russian Folk Tales

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Written by award-winning children's author James Riordan, this book is a beguiling collection of stories set among the wide rivers and snow-covered forests and steppes of Russia--a land still shrouded in mystery in the eyes of the Western reader. The incomparable beauty of untamed nature and the Slavic gift for storytelling make for a captivating combination. Meet boyars and cossacks, kings and queens, merchants and minstrels, robbers and angels, witches and peasants. Ships fly through the air, princesses turn into frogs, a snowmaiden longs for a human heart, the mighty Firebird steals the golden apples. Folk tales, heroic sagas, legends and myths from villages and towns all across Russia--they are all here in this fascinating anthology. Evocative full-color illustrations accompany each more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 196.9 x 262.9 x 12.4mm | 587.22g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0192745360
  • 9780192745361

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"Lush...watercolors and vignettes capture the magic of the forest and a full range of characters and expressions."--Publishers Weekly"The relatively simple text, good-sized type, and appealing illustrations make this an accessible volume for children to read on their own."--Booklist"An enjoyable and accessible collection of 10 traditional folktales....Skillfully employs repetition and plays with the sound of language to create stories that beg to be shared aloud....An excellent introduction to Russian folklore for today's children."--School Library Journal"Every once in a while there's a children's book that has that special something. Russian Folk-Tales is just such a book....Retells 10 stories with wonderful themes of magic vessels enlightened animals, beautiful maidens, and supernatural quests....The stylized, lovely, and absolutely engrossing.... A wonderful read-aloud at any level, and a wonderful basis for comparison of folk tales from culture to culture."--Teaching Pre K-8"This book is a perfect collection with which to introduce young children to Russian fairy tales, perhaps exciting them at an early age about this part of the world through its stories." --"Slavic and East European Journalshow more

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