ABOUT THE BOOK: This is a unique collection of folk tales (Russian fairy tales as they are also called) which I adapted and translated from Russian into English. I am sure both kids and grown-up will enjoy it because:
1. This collection includes only folk tales about WINTER. I chose this topic because currently there are plenty of books about Christmas but when Christmas is over we still have more than two months of winter in store and there is a definite gap in exciting reading material about winter months. This is a great collection of stories to enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate next to a fireplace but it will also inspire the readers to go outside and explore the Winter Wonderland.
2. I specifically chose fairy tales that will give children answers to many burning questions they all come up with at some point in time, such as: How winter begins? Why the snow is white? Why the fir tree is evergreen? Who is the strongest in the world?
3. Each folk tale I chose has an important teachable moment. All stories in my collection have a moral and a lesson to be learnt. On the one hand, they promote such qualities as courage, friendship, hard work, generosity and many others; on the other hand, they fight laziness, jealousy, greediness, stupidity, etc.
4. This book is illustrated by children
- finalists of the International Children Art Contest that I have organized in 2010. 20 wonderful drawing are included in the book by artists ages 3 to 15 from all over the world (you can see the names of all finalists and some of the illustrations here: Art Contest
5. All currently published collections include mostly fairy tales from Central Russia. But Russia stretches much further beyond its European part. There are dozens of minority indigenous groups who live to the North and East of Central Russia that have amazing culture and fascinating folk tales to tell but they are hardly ever published in Russian, let along in a foreign language. To understand a “Russian soul” one needs to take into account not only European but Asian and Nordic influences. This book is an invitation to take part in an amazing journey across the whole of Russia, which not that long ago was a closed country and now it is welcoming you to its magical world. Out of 20 tales included in the collection 8 are from Northern and Eastern Russia.
6. This collection of tales is very diverse: it includes stories about indigenous people, animals, fairies and other imagined creatures so that everyone could find a story to his/her own liking.