Russian Fairy Tales (A Giant Golden Book)

Russian Fairy Tales (A Giant Golden Book), translated by Marie Ponsot,
illustrated by Benvenuti. Golden Press, 1960.


Two years ago, I blogged about another Giant Golden Book, Japanese Fairy Tales, also illustrated by Benvenuti. The whole post is pretty embarrassing now.Perhaps one day, I will recheck the book and blog it again. But today, I am thrilled to share another Giant Golden Book from 1960, Russian Fairy Tales.


*If you cannot tell, I fare much better with a decent smart phone than I do with my D-SLR. A photographer I am not, at least not until I can properly learn the ins and out of photography.





There are five stories total: "Prince Ivan and the Firebird," "Vassilissa the Beautiful," "Stupid Emilien" [which I can't find a summary for, aside for another picture book version], "The Frog Princess," and "Maria Marina." They're highly readable, but of course, the illustrations steal the show!

"The Firebird" 

"The Firebird"

"The Firebird"

"Vassilissa The Beautiful"

"Vassilissa The Beautiful" (Baba Yaga!!!)


"Vassilissa The Beautiful"

"Stupid Emilien"

"The Frog Princess"

"The Frog Princess"

"The Frog Princess"


"Maria Marina"

"Maria Marina"

"Maria Marina"

"Maria Marina"

"Maria Marina"

"Maria Marina"

"Maria Marina"


We're gearing up for our summer week of fairies and fantasy. Tomorrow, the girls and I head to Lindsborg for the Midsummer's Festival, and actual Midsummer and International Fairy Day are just around the corner! Meanwhile, we're trying not to melt in the Kansas heat...

Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!


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Not Quite Narwhal (Little Sis Tuesday on Thursday)


It's summer, and although I'm a bit late, it's time for Little Sis Tuesday! [Yes, it's actually Thursday. We're running a little behind!] This is when I let my youngest daughter take over the blog. Little Sis is 9 1/2 now, and loves all things unicorn or unicorn-like. This book is one of her favorites from the library!  - Danzel


Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2017.


Not Quite Narwhal is the cutest book about a unicorn that lives under sea. The unicorn thinks it is a narwhal.

The unicorn's name was Kelp.





Kelp noticed his tusk was smaller than the other narwhals'.                                      
                                                                                  And he did not like the food.


  • He was very different from everyone else.




Kelp went along and swam with the narwhals, but ended up coming out of the sea. 



Kelp ended up with the LAND NARWHALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                         Also known as the UNICORNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


KELP was EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Kelp was learning how to do MAGIC with his horn!!!

                          But sadly he had to go home to narwhals. They were his friends, and he missed them. They missed him, too.




Kelp missed the unicorns ...                                                                              
  He just could not stop thinking about them.




The narwhals carried Kelp to land, to the unicorns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now they could all be friends TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



THE END




Thank you, dear daughter, for your summary. I hope my readers enjoyed all the exclamation points and CAPITALIZED EXUBERANCE!!!! As usual, I cleaned up her creative spelling and some of the punctuation, but she insisted on the exclamation points and some of the formatting. It is her post, after all! - Danzel


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