Vasilisa the Beautiful ( Ages 6+ )
By : Anthea Bell & Anna Morgunova
Publisher : Minedition ( Dec.,2015)
The well known Russian folk tale with it`s touch of magic,is retold with the help of absolutely gorgeous artwork; Beautiful Vasilisa was presented with a magic doll by her dying mother. Later, her wicked stepmother sends her off to retrieve light from the witch, Baba yaga. Vasilisa is given some tasks to complete in return for light. Her doll comes to the rescue, helping her with those tasks. The powerful light she received destroys the wicked step family.
Vasilisa`s linen, woven so finely and so soft, delights the king, He falls in love with the beautiful weaver.
This rich folk tale retold without any twists with a touch of Russian proverbs is well supported by it`s brilliant artwork-extremely elaborate and colourful-which gives it a touch of Russian traditional folk art. Together, these provide an ample space for imagination.
As a kid I enjoyed reading Russian folk tales very much but I was unable to find anything good enough for my kids I presume such is the shortage of these precious tales in the market. And this beautiful book not only helps to fill up the gap but hopefully will vociferate many more to join in.