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Ever since I read Marcus Sedgwick’s Blood Red Snow White, I have wanted to read Arthur Ransome’s Old Peter’s Russian Tales. If you’ve read Blood Red, you’ll understand why. If you haven’t, then I suggest you add it to your wish list. I never realised how poetic fairy-tales could be until I read it.
So I am going to read one of Old Peter’s Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome each week and then share it with you here.
Click HERE for link to Posts 1 – 10 of this feature.Week 11 - A Chapter of Fish
Week 12 - The Golden Fish
Week 13 - Alenoushka and Her Brother
The Firebird, The Horse of Power and the Princess Vasilissa
Oh, how much did I love this fairytale? It has a very magical feel.
It also happens to be one of the longest, if not the longest, fairytale in the collection so I’m not going to retell it.
Instead I will tell you about the firebird, the horse and the princess.
The Firebird is a golden feathered bird with a mighty wingspan that sweeps through the forest and causes all the other birds to flee. The firebird is a legend and has never been caught before. The hero of the story picks up a dropped feather from the bird and that is when his troubles begin.
The Horse of Power is one of an ancient race who in times of need rise up from the Russian earth and advise the worthy. At least that’s what I understood them to do. The hero of the story is blessed with a horse of power as his companion. The horse is very wise and the hero sadly does not listen to his advice at first.
The Princess Vasilissa is an innocent girl who lives in the Land of Never. The hero drugs her and brings her back to Russia to marry the Tsar. The Princess has a magic of her own and prevents this from happening with the help of the Horse.
The hero does sound like a bit of a fool but he is actually very brave and by picking up the feather he learns what it is to feel fear. He also learns to listen to the advice of his horse and thankfully there is a happy ending.I know I haven’t given you the full fairytale but I really did connect with this one in a way that I haven’t with any of the other tales so far.