When Katya's father, Ivan, & his wealthy but selfish brother Dmitri disagree about which of them owns a newly born foal, it falls to the Tsar of all Russia to settle the case. The Tsar decides to do so by presenting the brother's with a riddle. As soon as Katya hears the riddle, she knows exactly what to do & the events that follow change all of their lives. Mary Hoffman again brings us a heroine of memorable wit & courage in this beautifully retold traditional Russian fairy tale. To order call 718-260-8946; fax toll free 888-346-9138; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or write to Barefoot Books, 41 Schermerhorn St., Suite 145, Brooklyn, New York 11201.
"Ages 5-8. A rich man gives his poor brother a mare, but when a foal is born, the brothers petition the czar to decide who owns it. For his own amusement, the czar rules that whoever finds the answers to four riddles will win the foal. Returning home, the poor brother consults his thoughtful seven-year-old daughter, Katya. Her answers impress the czar, who sets another challenge: the child must come to the palace "neither on horseback, nor on foot, neither naked nor dressed and neither bringing a present nor empty-handed." Katya's solution so dazzles the czar he waits for her to grow up so that he can marry her. Each page is surrounded by an ethnically inspired border, and the illustrations, painted mainly in rich reds and browns, focus largely on the people, presenting them with expressive faces and ethnic costumes. A fine additional purchase for folktale collections, with clever, courageous Katya proving a refreshing contrast to the helpless young woman in Rumpelstiltskin. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)1901223647Susan Dove Lempke"
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|| Brooklyn, N.Y. :Barefoot Books,1998
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm