Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Salt: A Russian Folktale by Jane Langton

Salt: A Russian Folktale

by Jane Langton

Other authors: Ilse Plume (Illustrator)

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
331338,203 (3)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Originally recorded by the great nineteenth-century Russian folklorist, Alexander Afanasev, Salt is the story of a wealthy merchant, his three sons, and the very different results of their separate sea voyages. Entrusting his eldest son with his finest ship, full of costly furs to sell in the north; his middle son with his fastest ship, full of ice to sell in the south; and his youngest with a tiny ship full of wooden spoons, the merchant sends the three of them out into the world. Of course, anyone who has read any folktales of this type will be wholly unsurprised when it is Ivan - the youngest son, and a seeming simpleton - who makes good, winning a fortune, and a beautiful Tsarevna as a bride...

Jane Langton and Ilse Plume - who also collaborated on The Hedgehog Boy: A Latvian Folktale - have created an engaging picture-book with Salt. I can't say that Plume's colored pencil illustrations are a favorite (I tend to prefer something more stylized, like Ivan Bilibin's folk-art, or more ornate, like Kinuko Y. Craft's gorgeous, tapestry-like paintings), but the overall effect is appealing. I recognized the storytelling cat who narrates the tale of course, as he also appears in The Tale of Tsar Saltan. All in all, this is one I recommend to young folklore fans, particularly those with an interest in Russian tales. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 18, 2013 |
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors (3 possible)

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jane Langtonprimary authorall editionscalculated
Plume, IlseIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Ivan, the merchant's third son, having patience and an eye for opportunity, barters the cargo of his ship for a princess and a fortune.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.

Popular covers


Average: (3)
3 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,413,442 books! | Top bar: Always visible