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Contents: Nibbly-Quibbly the Goat / The Magic Mitten / The Little Round Bun / Sister Fox and Brother Wolf / The Little Straw Bull with the Tarred Back / The Cat and the Cock / Sir Cat-o-Puss / The Fox and the Bear / How the Dog Found Himself a Master / The Fox and the Crane / Why the Stork Eats Frogs and the Wolf Hunts Sheep / The Fox and her Children and Nekhailo the Loaf Contents: Nibbly-Quibbly the Goat / The Magic Mitten / The Little Round Bun / Sister Fox and Brother Wolf / The Little Straw Bull with the Tarred Back / The Cat and the Cock / Sir Cat-o-Puss / The Fox and the Bear / How the Dog Found Himself a Master / The Fox and the Crane / Why the Stork Eats Frogs and the Wolf Hunts Sheep / The Fox and her Children and Nekhailo the Loafer / The Crow and the Snake / Why Geese Bather in Water, Cats Wash on the Top of the Stove, and Chickens Take Dust Baths / The Mice and the Cock / The Lion and the Mosquitoes / The Bear and the Bees / How a Squirrel Helped a Bear / The Ox, the Ram and the Cock / The Wolf Who Wanted To be the Village Head / The Goat and the Ram / Sister Fox / The Wolf and the Kids / Sirko / The Lion Who Drowned in a Well / The Fox and the Crayfish / The Heron, the Fish and the Crayfish / The Fly that Ploughed a Field / The Swan, the Pike and the Crayfish / The Little Fish and the Big Fat Bean / Danilo-Burmilo the Bear / The Bee and the Pigeon / The Lion Who Was Made Tsar / Little Grey Wolf True-Beaten Black and Blue / Telesik-Little Stick / The Frog Princess / The Magic Egg / The Seven Brothers - Sevens Raven and Their Sister / The Brother, the Sister and the Devil-Dragon / Kirilo the Tanner / Illya of Murom and Solovei the Whistler-Robber / Ivan the Bohatyr / The Magic Pumpkins / The Princess's Ring / Pea-Roll Along / The Pipe and the Whip / The Soldier and the Tsar / Ivan the Peasant's Son / How a Hutzul Taught a Princess to Keep House / Oh / Ivan the Dragon Killer / The Fire-Bird and the Wolf / The Shepherd / The Flying Ship / Ivan Not-A-Stitch-On and His Brother / The Youth and the Eagle / Ivanko and Duliana the Wise / Ivanko, Tsar of the Beasts / The Poor Man and His Sons / The Iron Wolf / The Twelve Brothers / The Blacksmith and the Devil / How a Farmwife Outwitted the Devil / The Pipe, the Fiddle and the Dulcimer / The Old Man's Daughter and the Wold Woman's Daughter / The Greedy Old Woman and the Lime Tree / The Foster Father / The Rich Miser / Death and the Soldier / The Tsar's Goats / The Serf and the Devil / Mistress Death and the Cossacks / How a Peasant Got the Better of a Devil / The Clever Maid / The Honest Nephew and the Dishonest Uncle / The Man Who Ransomed an Enemy of the King / Sad Songs and Gay / Ivan the Fool.


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Contents: Nibbly-Quibbly the Goat / The Magic Mitten / The Little Round Bun / Sister Fox and Brother Wolf / The Little Straw Bull with the Tarred Back / The Cat and the Cock / Sir Cat-o-Puss / The Fox and the Bear / How the Dog Found Himself a Master / The Fox and the Crane / Why the Stork Eats Frogs and the Wolf Hunts Sheep / The Fox and her Children and Nekhailo the Loaf Contents: Nibbly-Quibbly the Goat / The Magic Mitten / The Little Round Bun / Sister Fox and Brother Wolf / The Little Straw Bull with the Tarred Back / The Cat and the Cock / Sir Cat-o-Puss / The Fox and the Bear / How the Dog Found Himself a Master / The Fox and the Crane / Why the Stork Eats Frogs and the Wolf Hunts Sheep / The Fox and her Children and Nekhailo the Loafer / The Crow and the Snake / Why Geese Bather in Water, Cats Wash on the Top of the Stove, and Chickens Take Dust Baths / The Mice and the Cock / The Lion and the Mosquitoes / The Bear and the Bees / How a Squirrel Helped a Bear / The Ox, the Ram and the Cock / The Wolf Who Wanted To be the Village Head / The Goat and the Ram / Sister Fox / The Wolf and the Kids / Sirko / The Lion Who Drowned in a Well / The Fox and the Crayfish / The Heron, the Fish and the Crayfish / The Fly that Ploughed a Field / The Swan, the Pike and the Crayfish / The Little Fish and the Big Fat Bean / Danilo-Burmilo the Bear / The Bee and the Pigeon / The Lion Who Was Made Tsar / Little Grey Wolf True-Beaten Black and Blue / Telesik-Little Stick / The Frog Princess / The Magic Egg / The Seven Brothers - Sevens Raven and Their Sister / The Brother, the Sister and the Devil-Dragon / Kirilo the Tanner / Illya of Murom and Solovei the Whistler-Robber / Ivan the Bohatyr / The Magic Pumpkins / The Princess's Ring / Pea-Roll Along / The Pipe and the Whip / The Soldier and the Tsar / Ivan the Peasant's Son / How a Hutzul Taught a Princess to Keep House / Oh / Ivan the Dragon Killer / The Fire-Bird and the Wolf / The Shepherd / The Flying Ship / Ivan Not-A-Stitch-On and His Brother / The Youth and the Eagle / Ivanko and Duliana the Wise / Ivanko, Tsar of the Beasts / The Poor Man and His Sons / The Iron Wolf / The Twelve Brothers / The Blacksmith and the Devil / How a Farmwife Outwitted the Devil / The Pipe, the Fiddle and the Dulcimer / The Old Man's Daughter and the Wold Woman's Daughter / The Greedy Old Woman and the Lime Tree / The Foster Father / The Rich Miser / Death and the Soldier / The Tsar's Goats / The Serf and the Devil / Mistress Death and the Cossacks / How a Peasant Got the Better of a Devil / The Clever Maid / The Honest Nephew and the Dishonest Uncle / The Man Who Ransomed an Enemy of the King / Sad Songs and Gay / Ivan the Fool.

30 review for Ukrainian Folk Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ayushi

    MY FIRST BOOK !! Enough said .

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Originally published in 1981 by Kiev-based Dnipro Publishers, this massive collection of Ukrainian folktales features seventy-eight stories, varying in both length and style, from brief animal fables to lengthier legends and folk-epics. Translated by Irina Zheleznova, who seems to have worked for most of the major publishing houses of the former Soviet Union, they make an excellent introduction to the folklore of the Ukraine. Enthusiasts will immediately recognize many of these stories, some of w Originally published in 1981 by Kiev-based Dnipro Publishers, this massive collection of Ukrainian folktales features seventy-eight stories, varying in both length and style, from brief animal fables to lengthier legends and folk-epics. Translated by Irina Zheleznova, who seems to have worked for most of the major publishing houses of the former Soviet Union, they make an excellent introduction to the folklore of the Ukraine. Enthusiasts will immediately recognize many of these stories, some of which can be already be found under my "ukrainian folklore" tag. The Magic Mitten, in which a series of woodland creatures make a temporary home in a lost mitten, has been retold many times, from Jan Brett's popular The Mitten , to the more obscure, mitten-shaped adaptation by Tom Botting. The Little Straw Bull with the Tarred Back, in which a tar-covered straw bull helps an impoverished older couple change their fortune, has been retold, also by Irina Zheleznova, as The Little Straw Bull . Sir Cat-o-Puss, in which a former house-cat takes a fox for his mate, and, through a series of humorous misunderstandings, convinces the other woodland creatures that he is a fierce fighter, has appeared in picture-book form as Mister Cat-and-a-Half . Finally, The Honest Nephew and the Dishonest Uncle, in which a young man and his uncle debate whether honesty or dishonesty is rewarded, seems to be a variant of a tale also found in Carole Kismaric's powerful The Rumor of Pavel & Paali . I saw the influence of Aesop in many of the animal fables, particularly selections such as The Fox and the Crane and The Heron, the Fish and the Crayfish. Others, such as The Frog Princess and The Flying Ship, were already familiar to me through similar stories from the Russian tradition. Many of the tales were variations on a theme, with as many as three versions of the same basic story all appearing in the collection. The Fire-Bird and the Wolf and The Iron Wolf are clearly from the same tale-type; as are Ivanko, Tsar of the Beasts; The Greedy Old Woman and the Lime Tree; and The Brother, the Sister and the Devil-Dragon. I enjoyed this collection, and found it most informative, particularly as it concerns the connections between the folklore of the Ukraine and her various neighbors. I was a little dismayed at the number of false women depicted, particularly sisters, and the cheerful way in which violence against them was incorporated into the tales. There were one or two heroines, such as Marusya in The Clever Maid, but men were usually the more interesting characters. Be that as it may, this was still a very worthwhile read, particularly for those with an interest in the subject.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie

    I was not at all surprised that I knew very few of the folk tales from Ukrainian lore, since most Western children grow up with the typical mix of French, German, and English stories, but I was pleased to discover that one of my favourite Jan Brett books is actually based on a Ukrainian folk tale! It's the story of a lost mitten that becomes home to a bunch of cold woodland creatures - seemingly typical of a country with a long winter season and a culture of valuing cold-weather clothing. The re I was not at all surprised that I knew very few of the folk tales from Ukrainian lore, since most Western children grow up with the typical mix of French, German, and English stories, but I was pleased to discover that one of my favourite Jan Brett books is actually based on a Ukrainian folk tale! It's the story of a lost mitten that becomes home to a bunch of cold woodland creatures - seemingly typical of a country with a long winter season and a culture of valuing cold-weather clothing. The rest of the stories were totally new to me, but like most folk tales they had themes which resonated with those from other cultures; there are tales of tricksters, triumphant younger children, peasants becoming princes, and moral tales warning against lies and greed. Like all folk tales, many of these would make fantastic adaptations, so I'm definitely going to do some searching and see if I can find any other authors like Jan Brett who have used these stories as inspiration.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aanusha Ghosh

    This book encapsulates my entire childhood, so much so that it is impossible for me to give it an unbiased rating. So, five stars it is. I love folktales, and anyone interested in them should read this book because of the richness, and the lovely characters and the wonderful illustrations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    April Helms

    This is a lovely collection of short folk tales, many with beautiful illustrations. This was a book sent to me by a dear friend who lives in Ukraine. I was struck how many tales had parallels with stories that I grew up with. The Little Round Bun, for example, is similar to The Gingerbread Man. Another story (don't recall which one) had elements of Snow White. What was fascinating was the staple characters and scenarios. The stories are filled with devils, witches (including Baba Yaga), Sister F This is a lovely collection of short folk tales, many with beautiful illustrations. This was a book sent to me by a dear friend who lives in Ukraine. I was struck how many tales had parallels with stories that I grew up with. The Little Round Bun, for example, is similar to The Gingerbread Man. Another story (don't recall which one) had elements of Snow White. What was fascinating was the staple characters and scenarios. The stories are filled with devils, witches (including Baba Yaga), Sister Fox, wily wolves, and dangerous dragons. A couple I've heard before in different formats- the flying ship and the one with the glove. All in all, an enjoyable collection of stories. They are well-translated; there were only a few places where the translatons and ion felt a bit off, and nothing major. Also loved the illustrations within. I found it curious that the dragons and snakes were often depicted as green-skinned people.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sudeep Ks

    Story telling at its best.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gus (aka Kate)

    Nostaligic.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Frank Lobo

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jeevan D'souza

  10. 4 out of 5

    Er Er

  11. 4 out of 5

    Greeshma Karoth

  12. 4 out of 5

    Viju

  13. 5 out of 5

    Maciej

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Katherine

  15. 4 out of 5

    Saddy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rishikesh Ganga

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anubhav Joshi

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daria

  19. 4 out of 5

    Morning Star

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vladimir

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pratulya Chand

  22. 4 out of 5

    Saša

  23. 5 out of 5

    Maulik Vaghela

  24. 5 out of 5

    Xaanua

  25. 5 out of 5

    Neelasamandar

  26. 5 out of 5

    Moumita Ghosh

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mythri

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rochana Chaturvedi

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Mishra

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