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Folktales of the Amur: Stories from the Russian Far East

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A collection of 31 traditional tales from that far eastern part of Russia that lies along the banks of the Amur River.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 1975)
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Tam G
As a Westerner, I don't find these tales as comforting as say, Hans Christian Andersen, but they are very, very interesting culturally and the artwork is beyond amazing. Some of them are very like Western tales (the greedy get come-uppance, don't be lazy, the hero's journey) and some are very unique and imaginative. The mix of native substance hunting, trading with the Chinese, the magic of the taiga people are intriguing.

And then there's Gennady Pavlishin. Google his artwork. Amazing.
Kienie
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Brave Azmun: music gets you fish, seal-women like beads, whale-men need their swords to shape-shift, and doing it for your people and not for yourself will get you out of almost any mess you get into.

How the Bear and the Chipmunk Stopped Being Friends: the fox did it. Though Chipmunk wasn't incredibly smart either, not talking to its supposed brother and just trying to hunt the prey first.

A Great Misfortune: different perspective are valuable and can ensure your survival, so make sure to lis
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Lisa
Dec 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
The illustrations in this book are elaborate, yet simple, striking, yet plain. The mosaic-inspired bold colored illustrations alone make the book worth perusing. Themes of distrust of their Chinese neighbors, the wise man and the fool, owing money to "the man," and the poor and the rich repeat themselves in this collection. This contains an interesting blend of Russian and Asian elements due to the placement of the people on land between two continents. Interesting and sometimes abruptly ending ...more
Chris
This collection has some wonderful tales, a good portion of which have strong heroines in them, so if you are looking for something better than "Cinderella" and "Snow White", this is it. Beautiful illustrations.
jack
great stories and fantastic ullistrations
Joanne
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book.
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