Baba Yaga: a short novel in verse
Pan Macmillan Australia...
controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything
but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little
house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is
inhabited by a fairytale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her
voice, her power, and herself....
contemporary retelling of an iconic myth about a young woman discovering
her voice by a beloved and prolific American storyteller.
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starts off with a foreword which provides the reader with a quick
introduction to the Russian fairy-tale witch, Baba Yaga. But this is not
the story of Baba Yaga only, it is about a young girl, Natasha who lives
in an abusive family. When she can stand no more, she runs away eventually
finding a path into the woods which she follows and finally comes to a
house. She meets an old woman who lets her stay in exchange for jobs. Then
another girl, Vasilisa arrives and the two become friends at first but
then a prince arrives…
entirely in verse and broken up into chapters this is an easy to read
novel with much revealed in brief lines. Yolen has a way with words and
only includes the essentials, expertly mixing Russian folklore with modern
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