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A famous Russian fairy tale about a brave girl sent by her jealous stepsisters to fetch fire from old frightful witch Baba Yaga....

Title : Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga
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ISBN : 9781908478566
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Number of Pages : 303 Pages
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Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga Reviews

  • Amalie
    2019-04-25 22:46

    I absolutely love Vasilisa the Beautiful! This is a Russian fairy tale with some common elements to Cinderella but this is not a Cinderella tale. Te two main characters in the story are Vasilisa who receives Cinderella treatments from her step-mother and step-step-sisters and Baba Yaga, a supernatural being (In Old Russian, the baba may mean 'midwife', 'sorceress', or 'fortune teller') She is a helper and a villain, or may be altogether ambiguous. What's significant in the character is, she helps to develop the character of Vasilisa. The girl who spoke with her tiny wooden doll to deal with the pain in her life, after meeting Baba Yaga, becomes more confident. So the story is her journey from subservience to independence.

  • Andi
    2019-05-24 19:57

    I have always liked faery tales and folk tales. Since I was a kid, I used to watched "animated" russian tales and I have always thought these tales are awesome. I honestly think russian tales have something that make them different from the other european tales...they're darker, I guess.I also always have liked the illustrations of these tales, are just awesome, and now, finally, I understand why the skull and why the forest.*SPOILERS!*The story captivated me since I started reading it, and I just couldn't put it down. I love the description of Vasilisa and her innocence, she was so pure and full of kindness. Her half-sisters and step mother were merely hags and rude with this lovely girl. The doll, I like the role it plays, and the description of Baba Yaga's house freaked me out! It was so intense and dark! It was maybe a little gore and I didn't expect the end! When the skull Vasilisa takes from Baba Yaga's house burn down her half sisters and her step mom...the description was so cruel and intense I just couldn't believe it! I honestly don't know if little children could read this story...maybe an adaptation, but not this one.

  • Monica
    2019-05-22 22:14

    This is a short tale of the Russian Fairy Tale of Vasilisa and Baba Yaga.In this version some illustrations are present which are detailed and enhance the story line.Overall, a quick but fun story.

  • Gail Lebeter
    2019-05-08 21:08

    SummarySimilar to both the Grimm version of Cinderella (on Kindle) and Cinderella: A 3-D Fairy Tale, Vasilisa the Beautiful is the story of a young girl who lost her mother while she was a child. When her father remarries, Vasilisa is mistreated by her new stepmother and stepsisters because they are jealous of her beauty. They send her to visit the home of Baba Yaga, a wicked witch who lives in the forest and is known to eat people. Similar to the Grimm version, the story becomes slightly gruesome, but different from other Cinderella's, it is because when Vasilisa encounters the old woman's house she is met with the bones and skulls of the witch's many victims. Each night the witch threatens that if Vasilia does not fulfill the tasks set before her, she will become the witch's supper. What she does not know is that Vasilisa has a tiny doll in her pocket, charmed and blessed by the girl's dead mother. The doll does Vasilisa's chores, ensuring she will not be eaten. Upon finding out that the girl has a blessing on her, the witch casts her from the house with a fiery skull to take home to her stepfamily. Again, very different from the happy 3-D version of Cinderella, the skull kills Vasilisa's stepfamily and in the end, the beautiful girl is married to the Tsar of Russia when he discovers how beautiful she is. ResponseWhile I was not crazy about this Russian version of Cinderella or the Grimm version because of their gore, I could not help but be riveted, wondering what would happen to Vasilisa in the end. I only gave this story 3 stars because although the story begins with Vasilisa as a child protagonist, the language of the book, the numerous settings, and the various characters could be confusing to a child, meaning it does not embody all of the qualities of children's literature (TMY, 2010, p. 8). For example, when Vasilisa's family is burned by the skull, the story does not end there. She ends up going to live with another old woman, which could leave children wondering if this is one of the same wicked old women from earlier in the story or someone new. I also think with both this tale and the Grimm Cinderella, children would be frightened by the gruesome qualities, such as the cutting off of body parts, glowing skulls, and being threatened to become someone's dinner. Overall, I believe the 3-D Cinderella, the version many of us have come to know and love, is the one that would be most appealing to children. However, little girls would probably enjoy hearing about the doll Vasilia keeps in her pocket. Wouldn't we all love to pull out a doll, feed it a few crumbs and have it do our housework?Classroom ConnectionI believe this story could be used in a social studies lesson, having children research other versions of not only Cinderella, but many of the stories we have come to know. They might also research some of the beliefs that are mentioned in the book, such as the three riders Vasilisa sees in the forest. Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga could also be used in a creative writing lesson, having students write their own version of the Cinderella tale, changing things and then discussing why they would like to see the story take on that twist.Text ComplexityI could not find the Lexile or GR level for this book, but if I had to guess, I would say this would be an appropriate read-aloud for 2-8. It could be an independent read by 5th grade.

  • A_Dawn
    2019-05-25 23:16

    A wonderful, insprirational, and predictable Russian tale. A tale of a beautiful girl, who lost her mother, at an early age, was mistreated and envied by her stepfamily. She was forced to visit Baga Yaga, the wicked witch of the forest, who ate people. I think the hero of the story is the doll. The doll symbolizes a higher power or God. I love the gothic vocabulary in the story! According to Lynn(2005), "Fantasy has been variously described as imaginative, fanciful, visonary, strange, otherworldly, supernatural, mysterious, frigtening, magical, inexplicable..." This book will suit second grade through eight grade.

  • Cicely
    2019-05-04 19:58

    Lovely old children's fairy tale with creative imagery. This edition has old charming illustrations.

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-25 23:10

    “Vasilisa the Beautiful and Baba Yaga” is a traditional Russian fairytale retold by Alexander Afanasyev and translated into English by Post Wheeler in the 2017 edition published by Planet Books. In the story, Vasilisa is given a magic doll by her mother as she is dying. She tells Vasilisa to give the little doll some food and drink and then it will help her solve whatever problem she’s facing.Indeed, the doll saves her over and over, even when faced with the ogre Baba Yaga, who threatens to eat Vasilisa if she doesn’t do everything she’s told. Eventually, she’s brought to the tzar, who falls in love with her.The story is full of interesting characters, but Vasilisa is little beyond her beauty and her magic doll.The real reason to read this book is the amazing illustrations. The full color plates are a delight to the eye, lavish and detailed and magical, with decorated borders. Every page has a narrow decorated border as well.This is a gorgeous book with an interesting story.

  • Rebeca
    2019-05-26 21:08

    I grew up on fairy tales, and I can honestly say that if I'd encountered this one as a little girl, it would have instantly been one of my favorites. Particularly in this edition, with its beautiful illustration and the attention to the language. (I wish I could read it in its original Russian. Even so, the English translation is no less lovely). I've read other versions of Vasilisa the Beautiful, but none have been as good as this one. It is also my first Russian fairy tale--and it's already encouraged me to venture to other tales.On its own, Vasilisa's story--with her doll, the presence of the three horsemen, and her encounter with Baba Yaga and the skulls--has always fascinated me. It has some really beautiful imagery and concepts. I loved how the story depicts Vasilisa, how the emphasis is on how brave, thoughtful, and hardworking she is. The narrative pushes her to work hard but also acknowledges when she needs help from others. The love that aids Vasilisa does not come in the form of a romance--although a prince does appear in the end. (And though he falls for her for her beauty, he admires her first for her work without knowing of her appearance). Instead, as the story says, Vasilisa is blessed with the love from her mother, passed on to a little sentient wooden doll, and even the love of the old woman who takes her in at the end.There are always problematic undertones to old fairy tales, no matter what place in the world they might come from, but it doesn't make them any less enjoyable. And it doesn't make this one any less of a gem.I know there are girls who have grown up on Vasilisa's stories, and I can't help but be jealous that, in the prime of their childhoods, they had such a smart and courageous heroine to admire.

  • Xenia Krutsch
    2019-05-10 18:55

    I love the story of Vasilisa but this "book" really disappointed. I didn't like the font and general layout of the book and there weren't enough pictures in my opinion. The writing style was weird at times and it could've been a bit more fleshed out. I wanted to know what happened to Baba Yaga.

  • jesse
    2019-05-17 19:50

    illustrations: 4-5 starsplot: 2.25 starsivan bilibin (illustrator)(1876-1942)bilibin's style was native to his land, a folk style incorporating traditional russian designs and motifs from the world in which he grew up. [ source ]

  • Vaishali
    2019-05-11 01:46

    Wow! Just a remarkable story, beautifully crafted and quite magical .. exactly how a children's tale should be. A wonderful moral too: if you are earnest, good, and hard-working, karma will reward you in kind.

  • Blaine
    2019-05-07 20:04

    Three stars for a dark Slavic fairy tale plus another for Ivan Bilibin's delightfully creepy illustrations.

  • Pouneh
    2019-05-24 20:47

    It is a typical fairy tale which I enjoyed for the most part. However, the ending came abrupt and seemed rushed – what a pity!

  • Buffy Rochard
    2019-05-08 00:13

    Weird folk tale. Maybe it just didn't translate well...

  • Melissa
    2019-04-30 01:49

    Such a beautiful tale.

  • Natasha
    2019-05-15 19:00

    A beautifully creepy fairy tale. I read this to have some background knowledge before diving into Vassa in the Night.

  • Barbara Lovejoy
    2019-04-25 22:50

    This is another multicultural Cinderella book that I bought with the "birthday money" donated by an Esperanza Board member. The story is great and so are the illustrations.

  • Heather Fryling
    2019-05-21 22:00

    A girl's coming of age tale--with Baba Yaga and glowy skulls!