Old Peter's Russian Tales, Paperback

Old Peter's Russian Tales Paperback

Illustrated by Christina Hardyment

5 out of 5 (6 ratings)

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, b&w illustrations
  • Publisher: Jane Nissen Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Traditional
  • ISBN: 9781903252161

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Before he wrote Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome left his wife and went to Russia to live. He taught himself the language and collected folk-tales, which he made into this book. Rather than present them as separate entities, the tales are told by a grandfather to his grandchildren.The first segment, The hut in the forest introduces Old Peter, little Maroosia and Vanya. The children are a keen audience and as they settle by the stove, they demand to hear a new tale and we're off straightaway into a land of a rich merchant and his three daughters, followed by many others... These stories are full of magical talismans, poor peasant folk on quests, cunning animals, greedy men and wicked stepmothers, and Baba Yaga of course, also Sadko the dulcimer player who plays by the river (made into an opera by Rimsky Korsakov), and ones like the intriguingly titled The Stolen Turnips, the Magic Tablecloth, the Sneezing Goat and the Wooden Whistle. They are delightful, quirky tales and are highly moral and even dark, for those who are bad always get their come-uppance, and happy endings are not guaranteed.

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Looking through my library at home I found that I had not got this on my books I have read. My copy which is bound in blue leather, was chosen by me when I was about 10 years old after being given a book voucher from Sunday School.<br/><br/>The dog chewed it, and it is looking a bit sad, but this book took me through my childhood. I have never tired of reading it and even though it is a few years since I have read through it, each story stays strong in my mind. These are fairy tales which transported me to the far off lands of Russia and captured my imagination like no other book I had as a child. <br/><br/>The fairy tales were different, they felt raw and about real people (obviously not about real people but maybe I wanted them to be).<br/><br/>Out of the book my favourite tale is <i>"The Silver Saucer And The Transparent Apple"</i><br/><br/>This is a wonderful read for children because it transports their imagination beyond their own life.

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Looking through my library at home I found that I had not got this on my books I have read. My copy which is bound in blue leather, was chosen by me when I was about 10 years old after being given a book voucher from Sunday School.<br/><br/>The dog chewed it, and it is looking a bit sad, but this book took me through my childhood. I have never tired of reading it and even though it is a few years since I have read through it, each story stays strong in my mind. These are fairy tales which transported me to the far off lands of Russia and captured my imagination like no other book I had as a child. <br/><br/>The fairy tales were different, they felt raw and about real people (obviously not about real people but maybe I wanted them to be).<br/><br/>Out of the book my favourite tale is <i>"The Silver Saucer And The Transparent Apple"</i><br/><br/>This is a wonderful read for children because it transports their imagination beyond their own life.

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Looking through my library at home I found that I had not got this on my books I have read. My copy which is bound in blue leather, was chosen by me when I was about 10 years old after being given a book voucher from Sunday School.<br/><br/>The dog chewed it, and it is looking a bit sad, but this book took me through my childhood. I have never tired of reading it and even though it is a few years since I have read through it, each story stays strong in my mind. These are fairy tales which transported me to the far off lands of Russia and captured my imagination like no other book I had as a child. <br/><br/>The fairy tales were different, they felt raw and about real people (obviously not about real people but maybe I wanted them to be).<br/><br/>Out of the book my favourite tale is <i>"The Silver Saucer And The Transparent Apple"</i><br/><br/>This is a wonderful read for children because it transports their imagination beyond their own life.

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Looking through my library at home I found that I had not got this on my books I have read. My copy which is bound in blue leather, was chosen by me when I was about 10 years old after being given a book voucher from Sunday School.<br/><br/>The dog chewed it, and it is looking a bit sad, but this book took me through my childhood. I have never tired of reading it and even though it is a few years since I have read through it, each story stays strong in my mind. These are fairy tales which transported me to the far off lands of Russia and captured my imagination like no other book I had as a child. <br/><br/>The fairy tales were different, they felt raw and about real people (obviously not about real people but maybe I wanted them to be).<br/><br/>Out of the book my favourite tale is <i>"The Silver Saucer And The Transparent Apple"</i><br/><br/>This is a wonderful read for children because it transports their imagination beyond their own life.

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