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An anthology of Russian mythology chronicles the legends and folklore of diverse regions of Russia, including epic tales of ancient gods and heroes, dragons and monsters, wonderful and mysterious adventures, and other imaginative sagas
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Grade 8 Up-Warner introduces this collection of myths with informative chapters on the historical and social backgrounds from which Russian folklore emerged, beginning with the pagan times of rural Old Russia. Smiths and ploughmen; spirits of forest, stream, and home; the upper and lower worlds and the cult of death; serpents, dragons, and monsters; witches and wizards; shape-changing; wondrous animals; and giants and midgets are among the subjects covered. Familiar figures like Baba Yaga and Vasilisa receive their due. The appendix includes sections on symbolism and the Russian alphabet. Koshkin's exquisite paintings and his intelligent, witty line drawings make this a memorable book. Unfortunately, the arrangement of text on the page makes for a monotonous, uninviting appearance. Double vertical columns with scant margins detract from a thing of beauty. Although there is little comparable material available and young readers will be attracted by the monsters, YAs and adults who are serious students of mythology and art are the most appropriate audiences for this title.
Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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Gr. 7^-12. Folklorist Warner draws on original Russian sources, retelling the stories with direct drama and weaving them together with general discussion about their folklore motifs and history. The famous witch Baba Yaga is here, so is the evil Koshchei the Deathless; and there are chapters on giants and midgets, serpents and dragons, smiths and ploughmen. There are nature myths and Russian wonder tales of worlds above and worlds below. The individual stories are great for sharing, and the collection is an excellent resource for cross-curricular studies of Russian history and culture. Alexander Koshkin's sweeping, detailed illustrations, in black-and-white and in glowing color, show the romance and the terror, the demons and the heroes, of the shape-changing landscape. Part of the World Mythology series, this large-size, lavishly illustrated collection was first published in England in 1985. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton Ltd, 1976. Condition: Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP102262344