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When Katya's father and his wealthy but selfish brother disagree about which of them owns a newly born foal, its falls to the tsar of all Russia to settle the case. The tsar decides to do so by setting the brothers a riddle. Katya hears the riddle and knows exactly what to do and the events that follow change all their lives. Full color. When Katya's father and his wealthy but selfish brother disagree about which of them owns a newly born foal, its falls to the tsar of all Russia to settle the case. The tsar decides to do so by setting the brothers a riddle. Katya hears the riddle and knows exactly what to do and the events that follow change all their lives. Full color.


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When Katya's father and his wealthy but selfish brother disagree about which of them owns a newly born foal, its falls to the tsar of all Russia to settle the case. The tsar decides to do so by setting the brothers a riddle. Katya hears the riddle and knows exactly what to do and the events that follow change all their lives. Full color. When Katya's father and his wealthy but selfish brother disagree about which of them owns a newly born foal, its falls to the tsar of all Russia to settle the case. The tsar decides to do so by setting the brothers a riddle. Katya hears the riddle and knows exactly what to do and the events that follow change all their lives. Full color.

30 review for Clever Katya: A Fairy Tale from Old Russia

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elfdart

    this story is about a girl who uses her head to help out her father who gets himself in trouble over a donkey. a man gave katya’s father a horse and that horse had a baby with the father’s mare, so the guy who first gave the horse wanted the foal, so he took the case to the tsar. the king gives out a riddle to the two men and says whoever answers the riddle gets the foal. the riddle is ‘what is the fastest thing in the world, what is the fattest thing in the world, what is the softest thing in this story is about a girl who uses her head to help out her father who gets himself in trouble over a donkey. a man gave katya’s father a horse and that horse had a baby with the father’s mare, so the guy who first gave the horse wanted the foal, so he took the case to the tsar. the king gives out a riddle to the two men and says whoever answers the riddle gets the foal. the riddle is ‘what is the fastest thing in the world, what is the fattest thing in the world, what is the softest thing in the world and what is the most precious?’ the other guys asks a neighbour who owes him some money and the father asks katya. i won’t tell you the answer but i’ll say that katya won. the tsar was interested in these answers and asked the father who told them to him, to which he replied his daughter. so the king asked the father to bring katya to him, but he said that ‘she must come neither on horseback nor on foot, neither naked nor dressed and neither bringing a present nor empty handed.’ so she goes to him, and at the end of the book he marries her because she was the most clever person in the kingdom. this was a nice story based on an old russian folktale. the pictures are beautiful and colourful with nice traditional, colourful borders surrounding them. i first heard this story in grade 3 or 4 and it was one of those that i remembered to this day. it’s one of those odd books you’ll find where the girl gets the guy because of her brain, not her beauty. a beautiful story. i recommend.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    This review is for the illustration, not the story. It is the standard predictable princess story (for a good princess story, see "The Paperbag Princess"). Now for the illustrations. These were done by Marie Cameron, fine artist and dear friend. Marie's illustrations for this story are so lovely and meticulously done. She researched the motifs and borders of the paintings by looking at textiles and Russian folklore themes. She described how each page is a separate painting and how it was all put This review is for the illustration, not the story. It is the standard predictable princess story (for a good princess story, see "The Paperbag Princess"). Now for the illustrations. These were done by Marie Cameron, fine artist and dear friend. Marie's illustrations for this story are so lovely and meticulously done. She researched the motifs and borders of the paintings by looking at textiles and Russian folklore themes. She described how each page is a separate painting and how it was all put together to make this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    This is a wonderful Russian fairy tale that depicts a wise and clever young girl who solves complicated puzzles by the Tsar and helps settle a dispute between her father and her uncle. The book has gorgeous illustrations and an engaging narrative that we really enjoyed. I also liked the author's note at the end that describes the research she did as well as other sources and variations of this story. We really enjoyed reading this book together. This is a wonderful Russian fairy tale that depicts a wise and clever young girl who solves complicated puzzles by the Tsar and helps settle a dispute between her father and her uncle. The book has gorgeous illustrations and an engaging narrative that we really enjoyed. I also liked the author's note at the end that describes the research she did as well as other sources and variations of this story. We really enjoyed reading this book together.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Becca Holcomb

    This is a unique book about a Russian family trying to solve an issue with a farm animal. I would use this book as a mulitcultral book and highlight the Russian culture. They use different language when refering to people, like a tsar, in this story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I read this to my Pre-K class and I was sure it would be too long and involved for them to keep up but it wasn't! They loved it and asked questions about the few new vocabulary words they heard that were related to the animals in the book and Russia in general. I read this to my Pre-K class and I was sure it would be too long and involved for them to keep up but it wasn't! They loved it and asked questions about the few new vocabulary words they heard that were related to the animals in the book and Russia in general.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Marie

    This story with its colorful illustrations starts off strong with an interesting story about two brothers going before the Tsar to settle a dispute. Unfortunately, it doesn't end as well. I do not feel comfortable recommending a book where the 7-year-old heroine quickly grows up (in one page) to marry the Tsar as her (read: his) prize. He could have funded her education or hired her as a consultant. Unless you want to discuss grooming child brides for creepy old men, I suggest you pass on this o This story with its colorful illustrations starts off strong with an interesting story about two brothers going before the Tsar to settle a dispute. Unfortunately, it doesn't end as well. I do not feel comfortable recommending a book where the 7-year-old heroine quickly grows up (in one page) to marry the Tsar as her (read: his) prize. He could have funded her education or hired her as a consultant. Unless you want to discuss grooming child brides for creepy old men, I suggest you pass on this one. Even my 11-year-old son was not amused by this weird, unnecessary ending. The Tsar on 7-year-old Katya who figured out the solution to his riddle: "Only in my kingdom could such a clever little girl be found!" he declared. Then on the very next page: "As for Katya, she became a great favorite of the Tsar's and when she was grown up, she married him and became Tsarina of all of Russia, because she was the only woman in the kingdom clever enough for him."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Andrews

    This is a fairy tale that takes place in Russia. The king makes two men solve a riddle, which one's daughter solves. The king is amazed and wants to meet the clever girl. He marries her because she is clever and has a sense of humor, which he also has. This is a fairy tale that takes place in Russia. The king makes two men solve a riddle, which one's daughter solves. The king is amazed and wants to meet the clever girl. He marries her because she is clever and has a sense of humor, which he also has.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shelli

    An old oral Russian Fairy Tale of a prankster Tsar and a clever farm girl who is able to match his sinister game of wits. The illustrations are filled with tradition Russian art and quite lovely. The narrative is engaging and entertaining; a nice read aloud to share with young children.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    This is a very beautifully illustrated edition of an old fairy tale, about a clever girl who was able to solve the tsar's riddles, and thus gain his favor. Cute story. This is a very beautifully illustrated edition of an old fairy tale, about a clever girl who was able to solve the tsar's riddles, and thus gain his favor. Cute story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael Earp

    A nice fairy tale where the girl outshines all the men and adults.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Lovely pictures. Katya is so clever I find her a little confusing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Huang

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle DuPre

  16. 4 out of 5

    Karla

  17. 5 out of 5

    JaNel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alison

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yinzadi

  21. 4 out of 5

    Priya Johal

  22. 4 out of 5

    Oksana

  23. 4 out of 5

    Corinne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josiah

    Plot: A Writing: A Vocabulary: B Illustrations: A Level: Easy Rating: G Worldview: The small, the poor, the weak may be wise beyond their station.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  26. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Dynek

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karla

  29. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Too

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