Synopsis[ edit ] By his first wife, a merchant had a single daughter, who was known as Vasilisa the Beautiful. When the girl was eight years old, her mother died. On her deathbed, she gave Vasilisa a tiny wooden doll with instructions to give it a little to eat and a little to drink if she were in need, and then it would help her. As soon as her mother died, Vasilisa gave it a little to drink and a little to eat, and it comforted her. After a time, her father remarried; the new wife was a woman with two daughters. One day the merchant had to embark on a journey.
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Shelves: picture-books , folktale-fairytale I have read about Vasilisa the Beautiful. This is the first time I came across a character called Vasilisa the Brave. Perhaps it is a translation issue because this story IS indeed Vasilisa the Beautiful. I guess, compared to many Cinderella-like characters, Vasilisa IS indeed brave because she encounters a cannibalistic witch and somehow does not get herself eaten.
Some modern reader may see her as a passive, weak girl who never takes control of her situation or stands up to her cruel I have read about Vasilisa the Beautiful. Some modern reader may see her as a passive, weak girl who never takes control of her situation or stands up to her cruel stepmother. I disagree. Vasilisa the Brave is a lonely whose only companion is a "talking" doll given by her mother and an ill-treated girl who works hard to overcome her difficult situation.
Of course she does indeed accept whatever Life presents her with, and that should be regarded as a sign of strength. The doll is her comfort toy. It does seem like the doll does most of the chores!? I wonder how it is written in the original version as this is a folk tale and NOT a fairy tale.
Some of the pictures are rather dark and frightening. Baba Yaga is really scary-looking, but I doubt she would traumatize the children. Her character is actually fascinating. Folklore characters can be enigmatic and not prone to easy explanations. Baba Yaga is such a character in Russian folklore.
I mean she helps people. At least, she helps honest people.
Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave
Baba-Yaga and Vasilisa the Fair Text only version A long time ago there lived a merchant and his wife; they had one child, a girl called Vasilisa. Take this doll as my blessing. Always keep it with you and never show it to anybody. If anything bad happens to you, give the doll food and ask her for guidance. The Merchant soon became lonely and decided to marry again. They gave her heavy outdoor work to do, so she would grow thin and her face turn ugly in the wind and the sun. Despite this, Vasilisa became more beautiful every day.
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