Russian Folktales

Russian Folktales : A Reader for Students of Russian

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Russian Folktales: A Reader for Students of Russian, Second Edition, offers intermediate and advanced students an ideal opportunity to engage with eight authentic cultural texts of the Russian folkloric tradition. Each transmits a popular tale long beloved by Russians--from The Frog Princess, to Prince Ivan, to Vasilisa the Beautiful, and others--that moreover presents a wealth of linguistic content.

The Second Edition builds upon strengths of the First by offering a greater range of pre-reading and post-reading exercises to suit a wider variety of learning styles. Notes and a Glossary offer further aids for comprehension and interpretation.

Russian-language audio files of each tale may be found on the book's title support page at
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 12.7mm | 335.66g
  • Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co
  • USA, United States
  • English, Russian
  • Bilingual edition
  • 2nd Second Edition, Revised ed.
  • 1585104892
  • 9781585104895

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"This reader beckons students of Russian, together with their teachers, into the magical world of Russian folktales. With an excellent Introduction, a clear structure, a thorough Glossary, and a variety of exercises that fulfill various learning tasks--from reinforcement of grammatical and structural knowledge, to broadening students' lexical base and deepening their knowledge of Russian culture, to the development of narration and description skills vital to the achievement of ACTFL advanced-level proficiency, to cognitive thinking and analytical skills--this reader makes what can be a daunting genre accessible to intermediate-level students and provides enormous help to their instructors, from the secondary and to the university level and beyond. It could be used independently, as the basis for a unit or course on Russian folktales, or as a supplement to other texts and readings. Finally, it encourages creativity in a variety of forms. Let the adventures begin!"
--Karen Evans-Romaine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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About Jason Merrill

Jason Merrill is Professor of Russian, Michigan State University.

Colleen Lucey is Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, University of Arizona.
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