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She can be the enemy of your nightmares or the spirit guide to your dreams. Her hair is wild and gray. Her teeth are made of iron, and she travels using a giant mortar and pestle and lives in a shack on chicken feet surrounded by a fence of skulls and bones. She is Baba Yaga, a crone who ruthlessly uses the needy and greedy for her own devices. And in this anthology of new ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 22nd 2019 by World Weaver Press
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Ai Miller
I will say right off the bat that I received a copy of this book through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program, and I am grateful to the press for the opportunity to read this book.

This collection was overall pretty delightful and interesting! I was not super familiar with Baba Yaga as a concept or figure, but I would say you don't have to be. There is also an opportunity for some of the stories to feel repetitive, but I think the stories did a good job of being varied enough that they weren't
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Ada
Dec 10, 2018 marked it as maybe-to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I like stories with Baba Yaga in it. I actually have a fairytale book with Russian fairytales with pictures that scared me when I was younger...
Sarena Ulibarri
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Vasilisa the Wise” by Kate Forsyth is a beautiful retelling of the traditional Vasilisa the Beautiful fairy tale, with a modern sensibility.

“A Tale Soon Told” by Lissa Sloan combines three of the stories from Baba Yaga's folklore into a fascinating maiden-mother-crone story arc.

“Baba Yaga: Her Story” by Jill Marie Ross delves into Baba Yaga's backstory and attempts to show how she came to be the witch in the forest.

“The Partisan and the Witch” by Charlotte Honigman is a gorgeously written story
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Sarah Z
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Who doesn’t love a good Baba Yaga story? These types of stories were staples in my childhood. I loved reading about Baba Yaga then, and now is no different I really enjoyed this short collection of stories. Each one was so different and covered different aspects of the fairytale. Some were featured in the past, others in the present. I really enjoyed seeing this from so many different perspectives. From
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Cat
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Russian and Eastern European tales. I grew up with western European fairytales and American folktales, but discovered the rest of the world's great stories as an adult. Baba Yaga is one of my favorites! So many stories! I love new takes on old tales and this book was a wonderful read. I think children and adults alike will enjoy these stories and, I hope, go in search for more. It's also a pleasure to read so many different authors takes on Baba Yaga. Nice addition to a fairytale ...more
Clarissa
Overall I enjoyed this collection of short stories. I always like reading reimaginings of old stories and fairy tales so from the start this was up my alley. Quick and easy to read and suitable for many age groups (although Baba Yaga is scary, I didn't find the stories so). At times I found some bits a bit too repeative across the stories but don't let this put you off.
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Kate Wolford is editor and publisher of Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine at fairytalemagazine.com. She teaches first-year college writing, incorporating fairy tales in her assignments whenever possible.