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Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia by [James Mayhew]

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A vibrant and accessible collection of five Russian folktales is woven together by the spirited narration of Koshka the cat. In the first episode, "The Tale of Tsar Saltan," a tsaritsa hopes to bear seven sons but is thwarted by jealous sisters. She is cast upon the sea, one son hidden with her, and surfaces on a distant island where dwells Koshka. The garrulous cat spins stories of such legendary figures as the Firebird and Baba Yaga, with each tale interspersed with further developments concerning Tsar Saltan and his wife. Linked in this way the stories suggest the wonderful richness and complexity of the Russian storytelling tradition. Mayhew acknowledges his debt to opera, and his love of ornamentation is evident in dramatically bordered text and illustrations that sparkle like a Faberge egg. Ages 5-up.
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Gr. 4-6. Using the Rimsky-Korsakov opera The Tale of Tsar Sultan, based on Pushkin's poem, as an elaborate frame story, Mayhew liberally retells four well-known Russian folktales. After Militarissa's scheming sisters replace her newborn sons with kittens and puppies, the queen is placed in a casket by the disgusted Tsar and thrown into the sea. Washed up on an island, she meets a famous talking cat named Koska, who tells the colorful stories of "The Snow Maiden," "Sadko, "The Firebird," and "Baba-Yaga and Fair Vassilisa." This handsome book is profusely illustrated with brilliantly colored paintings that resemble Russian folk art but have fanciful images more in keeping with the modern artistry of Chagall. In addition to librettos, Mayhew draws upon Victorian and Edwardian versions of these traditional Slavic tales. Julie Corsaro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful illustration
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a book for everyone to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous stories, retold
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