VASILISA THE BEAUTIFUL AND BABA YAGA
Age > 5
Alexandr Afanas'ev (1826-1871) was one of the greatest pioneers in the study of folklore, mythology and popular traditions of his country. For the Russian continent he is what the Grimm brothers were for Germany. Inspired by the Grimms’work, he collected more than 600 ancient Russian fairy tales and folk tales. Without his work today’s western reader would probably know little or nothing of Russian culture and folklore, its fascinating atmospheres mixed with terror, mystery, magic and spirituali...
Having a stepmother and two stepsisters who mistreat you is a classic in fairy tales of all time -and a feeling that almost any girl sooner or later has towards mother and sisters- but knowing that you can always count on help and protection from heaven, that's what makes the difference. In this fairy tale a doll is the maternal and divine protection for Vasilisa. She helps her, gives her courage to get to the bad witch Baba Jaga, whose house in the woods is made of human bones. And what a joy to know that an evil witch can do nothing against a good and blessed girl! Natal'ja Akimova's magical illustrations recall the enchanting images of the great master Ivan Bilibin who first illustrated this fairy tale in 1900.