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Favorite Things: Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave



  Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM   |    Post a Comment     Tagged:, 
Here is the second edition of Favorite Things, this time it is a non-fashion item!  When I was little my sister got a book called Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave. It quickly became one of our favorite books and we would read it together every.single.night!  It took us hours, which I find really funny now since its not that long. One of the main reasons I love this book now is the illustrations by Kinuko Y. Craft, they are simply amazing!

It is basically a Russian version of Cinderella but with one major difference, there is an evil witch woman in addition to the evil stepmother.  I won't spoil anything by telling you the full story, but here areis a description from the publisher's website:
Sweet, lovely Vasilisa lives with her jealous stepmother and stepsisters on the edge of a dark forest inhabited by the evil witch Baba Yaga. One night the stepmother sends Vasilisa to visit Baba Yaga, an errand from which the gentle girl has little chance of returning alive. 
If you want to read it or just look at the gorgeous pictures you can order it on Amazon. Here are the first few pages, click to enlarge them.


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29 comments:

  1. What a lovely post! I hadn't heard about it, but Russian culture is fascinating, plus Russian writers are amongst my favourites. :)Ada

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  2. completely gorgeous :)
    thanks so much for sharing!! x

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  3. I'm familiar with the story, but the illustrations in this one are absolutely beautiful!

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  4. That book looks amazing. I still love children's books (especially with awesome illustrations). I'll have to check it out!

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  5. wow! this is gorgeous, my danish grandma actually gave me this book from her attic a couple of days ago which was kinda similar. it's like an old fairy tale with amazing illustrations, shame it's all in danish!

    x

    http://ramzandtheflock.blogspot.com/

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  6. Oh wow, I remember this story from when I was a kid - I used to love it!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  7. one of my fav books was the balloon tree! ive never read this one tho but it sounds like i would have loved it.

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  8. All so gorgeous!!
    have a great day!
    -Ellie

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  9. OMG. This is like one of my favorite books when I was a little girl. I've never met anyone who has read this book before, you're the first! You've caught me surprised!

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  10. Sounds like a cool book - maybe i'll gift it to one of my little cousisns!

    Chic on the Cheap

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  11. Wow that is a very good book, especially as I'm interested in fairytales like that. xx

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  12. i really need to read more :x

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  13. My Polish relatives always talked about "Baba Yaga" when i was growing up. I was scared of her and thought she was a ghost!

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  14. Baba Jaga not Yaga :D Anyway great ilustrations!

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  15. Wow...I don't remember this story but sounds great! xo

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  16. Thats so cool that you'll be at the harry potter premiere too! I'm not sure if I'm going as a guest or a fan- have fun though!

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  17. I've never heard of this book... Now you got me all intrigued and I'll have to check it out!

    xxx,

    Fashion Fractions

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  18. baba yaga used to be something adults scared us children with back in poland when I was younger :) It would be lovely to get this! It's actually quite expensive though!

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  19. The illustations are stunning hun : )

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  20. Lol, sorry I meant illustrations : )

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  21. cool!! haha i want to read this now

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  22. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm going to run out and find this book!

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  23. I didn't know this book. It sounds very interesting x

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  24. I've read this book. It is really interesting and of course, I will give a copy of it to my future children. Wonderful book!

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  25. I know this story very well :)

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