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The Fool and the Fish: A Tale from Russia

by Alexander Afanasyev

Other authors: Gennady Spirin (Illustrator)

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Taken from the collection of Alexander Afanasyev, the famed nineteenth-century Russian folklorist, The Fool and the Fish relates the story of lazy Ivan, the youngest of three brothers, who consider him a fool. When Ivan spares the life of a magical pike, his every wish is granted, and he ends up married to the Tsar's daughter...

The tale of the lucky fool is one that can be found in many cultures, and the theme of three brothers - the youngest of whom turns out to be the hero - is particularly prevalent in the Russian folk tradition. I have encountered this specific tale, in which the hero rides to see the Tsar on his enchanted stove, a number of times before, sometimes under this title, and sometimes as Emelya and the Pike. This lovely picture-book adaptation features Gennady Spirin's beautiful illustrations, with their medieval, tapestry-like sensibility. Well worth the time of any Russian folklore devotee. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 15, 2013 |
Great illustrations and a fun fool tale. I like the refrain, Fish, Fish, grant my wish! ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
Ivan finds a fish that grants wishes.
  Bettyest | Jun 14, 2012 |
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Everyone says that Ivan is lazy fool, and maybe they're right. When an enchanted fish promises Ivan everything he can ever wish for, he doesn't wish for money or power. He just wishesto get out of doing his chores. But the Tsar comes to hear about the lazy fool who can ride without a horse, and soon Ivan is making wishes he never even dreamed about.

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A retelling of the traditional Russian tale in which a lazy fool catches an enchanted fish which promises him that every wish he ever makes will come true.

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