Baba Yaga

Baba Yaga


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ISBN-13: 9780823410606
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 09/01/1993
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 8.52(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.17(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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Baba Yaga 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
shillson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Baba Yaga is a Russian folktale. It is the story of a young girl whose stepmother sends her into the forest to see the evil Baba Yaga. When the young girl stops to rest her feet she is approached by a frog who asks her where she is going. When the frog finds out that she is off to find Baba Yaga he gives her some advice. He tells the girl to tie a ribbon around the trunk of a moaning tree, put some oil on a creaking gate, give the cat a bowl of milk, and dog some meat and then tell Baba Yaga her heart's desire. Marina follows the frog's instructions and when she finds Baba Yaga she removes the horn from Marina's forehead. Though Baba Yaga intends to cook Marina for dinner, Marina is able to escape because the cat appreciates her kindness and tells her where she can find a magical towel and comb that will help Marina later. The dog doesn't bark as she escapes because he appreciated the meat and the gate she runs through doesn't creak. The birch tree doesn't make a sound either and Marina is able to escape back to her home. Upon her arrival she discovers that her father, who has been gone so long that he was believed to be dead, is home. Hearing his daughters story he throws his wife and stepdaughter out. The mother instructs her daughter to find Baba Yaga but when she runs across the frog she isn't as nice as Marina was and the frog does not give her any advice. When the stepsister finds Baba Yaga she tells her that she wants to be just like Marina. So, Baba Yaga places the horn on her forehead and there it stayed forever. This is a humorous tale of the importance of kindness. The plot is simple and direct and students in grades K-4 will enjoy this tale. Kimmel's illustrations add to the story and the clothing of the characters is reminiscent of Russian farmers. There is a brief mention of the origin in the author description. Kimmel writes that the retelling is based on an oral version from the Carpathian mountains that he hear as a child and that the horn brings to mind similar tales tales that the Grimm brothers collected.
lorinhigashi on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Baba Yaga is an evil witch who everyone in the town is afraid of. She gives off a fear among children and adults. Marina proves that being kind will be repaid in a good way, in comparison to Baba Yaga, her greedy sister and stepmother. Because Marina was friendly to the animals around Baba Yaga's home, she was able to escape the witch. Marina's sister was rude to the frog and therefore did not receive the advice that saved Marina. The evil and greedy characters did not see a happy end that Marina saw in the story. Eric Kimmel used an influence of the Cinderella story in his Russian folktale of Baba Yaga. Illustrations were comical and fun, therefore appealing to younger children.
rsamet on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This strange version of Aleksandr Afanes'ev's Baba Yaga story is actually based on an oral version from the Carpathian mountains, which blends the Cinderella story with the traditional Baba Yaga tale about an evil cannibal witch who lives in a house perched on chicken legs in the woods. This version is not very scary, and ends with a satisfying turnabout-is-fair-play ending in which everyone gets exactly what they deserve. Suitable as a good read-aloud for ages 4-8.