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The Little Straw Bull: A Ukrainian Folk Tale

by Irina Zheleznova (Translator)

Other authors: David Haikin (Illustrator)

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An impoverished old couple find that their fortune changes for the better, when the woman requests that her husband make her a little straw bull, covered in tar. This unusual "livestock" helps to capture a bear, wolf and fox, each of whom bargains for his freedom by promising certain blessings in exchange...

Printed in 1974, by Moscow-based Progress Publishers, The Little Straw Bull is one of many picture-books published in the former Soviet Union, meant to present the folklore of that country to the English-speaking world. Although I am generally quite enthusiastic when encountering an unfamiliar folktale, this title left me feeling rather indifferent. I'm glad to add it to my store of knowledge, but I couldn't say that I particularly enjoyed it, either for the story, or for Haikin's illustrations. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 11, 2013 |
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In this old folktale, an industrious but poor old woman creates a little bull out of straw, smears it with tar to look realistic, and finds that it brings prosperity to her and her hardworking husband.
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