ancient times, many years before tomorrow and long before forever...
Retold by David and Tish Andresen
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Children and Adults
Here you will find the best of
rare, classic folktales from the peoples of Central Asia,
Russia, and Siberia. Many are being published for the
first time in English. All are sure to please, thrill,
excite, and keep you in suspense until the very end.
Expertly translated and retold in modern English for readers
in the Western world. All titles are available for
Amazon's Kindle e-book reader. Suitable for children,
adults, and lovers of folktales from across the world.
brief word:Time for a brief
hiatus as I search for wonderful new epics and tales from
Russia, Siberia, and CentraI Asia. Let
me know if you have any suggestions. Look for 2020
to bring more tales and adventures.
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you have questions, comments, or suggestions.
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Newest! A valiant knight battles a dragon
to save a beautiful princess
His mother pleaded:
“Do not ride the vast steppe..."
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"Drobrinya Nikitich and the Dragon
Gorinich" is a very old (10th Century) epic of
the Slavic people. Featuring the brave but
naive young knight, Dobrinya, the
story chronicles his encounter with a fearsome
dragon, their fight to the death, and the rescue of
a beautiful princess. A surprise ending
highlights the social mores of the time.
Professionally translated and told in modern English, the story
merits reading for its style alone.
Tender love story from the
Altai people of Siberia..
"If I bring water in my hands,
Will you sip it?
If far away I die,
Will you remember me?"
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This tender love story from the Altai people of
Siberia is sure to touch the heartstrings of every
reader. A grandfather is forced to give one of
his beautiful granddaughters to a hideous beast.
The granddaughter pines for a life now lost to
solitude and emptiness until she meets a handsome
young man who sings a stirring love ballad to her.
A rare and touching story from a distant people in a
faraway land. Translated and retold from the
original in modern English. A must read.
your eyes on Novgorod, that bustling city of tall
church spires, castles, and mansions where the rich
and famous gather to party and celebrate in
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Classic folktale of the Altai
people of Siberia
once lived a girl by the name of Silk Tassel. Her
eyes were dark as black cherries, and her eyebrows
arched like rainbows. Tiny sea shells adorned her
braids, and she wore a cap with a long silk tassel
as dazzlingly bright as the light of the moon."
"The Story of Silk Tassel" comes all
the way from the distant land of the Altai people of
Siberia. This classic tale begins with an evil
shaman seeking revenge against beautiful Silk Tassel
for having spurned his advances. He has her
stuffed into a barrel and cast into a raging river.
She is rescued but further trials ensue.
Translated and retold from the original source.
The story has an amazing description of how a shaman
cast spells in times long gone by.
Traditional Russian folktale of beauty, evil, and
once was a merchant who lived in a faraway land.
One fine day he fell in love with a beautiful maiden
and married her."
So begins the tale of "Vasilisa the
Beautiful." Quickly this ancient Russian folk
story becomes heartrending as Vasilisa's,
mother dies, her stepmother is wicked, and the evil
Baba-Yaga holds her prisoner deep in the primeval
forest. She is saved only because of the wise
counsel from a doll given to her by her mother
on her deathbed. The motif expands to Vasilisa
spinning a wonderful cloth that enchants a prince.
The story is charmingly told with vivid imagery and
Traditional Slavic epic of the good Earth versus
untamed power and evil..
was born under the rising sun, this warrior known as
Volga Svyatoslavich. On his birth the Earth
trembled in awe."
The “Plowman of Heaven” is a story
that reaches far back into the past of the Slavic
people, to a time before Christianity, to a time of
spirits in the wind, werewolves, black arts, and the
goodness of Mother Earth. The short epic contrasts
the sacred Plowman of Heaven to an untamed royal
prince who runs wild and ravages the land. The two
eventually combine forces to combat true evil. The
ending reveals who is strongest: evil, the prince,
or the Plowman of Heaven.
Sacred Mountains of ancient Rus are high and rugged.
the gorges fearsome and deep."
"The Story of Svyatogor" is one of the
oldest epics of the Slavic people of Russia,
Ukraine, Belorussia, and much of Eastern Europe.
It chronicles in heroic language the life and fate
of an aged, forlorn warrior whose time has come and
gone. He taunts heaven about his great
strength. He kills his bride-to-be. He
meets a younger warrior, and together they travel to
a sacred mountain adorned with a giant coffin.
There Svyatogor meets his fate.
The ancient epic of a noble people.
Definitely worth reading.
slaked his thirst with water from the roiling sea
and he hunted in the land of snow-capped peaks.
A brave and powerful warrior was he, this man called
is the epic of the Altay people of Siberia, the very
people who are the forbears of modern Turkish
language speakers the world over. This ancient
story tells of a king who is kind to his people, has
great herds of cattle, lives in an idyllic setting
among the high Altay mountains, but is betrayed by
his wife and sister. His prized stallions,
hunting dogs, and falcons conspire to save him and
his son. A fast-paced story of treachery,
adventure, vengeance, and ultimate salvation.
released Shulgan, turned to the gathered people and
said, “Death was standing before our very eyes...."
In this fifth and concluding episode of "Ural the
Brave", an aged man gives sage advice about the
desire to live forever. An unexpected turn of events
confronts Ural as he battles evil. Humay pays
homage to Ural's bravery... and memory. Ural's sons
bring bounty to the people in this final episode of
the World Heritage epic of the Bashkir people of
returned to the castle and descended into the black
dungeon with many questions for the dragon, Zarkum."
This fourth episode of "Ural the Brave"
sees Ural conquering evil, a joyful reunion with his
sons, a final encounter with his evil brother, and
the promise of redemption and eternal life for all.
A bright future seems to await humankind in this
episode of the World Heritage epic of the
Bashkir people of Siberia.
servant girl came running into the castle. Out
of breath, she said a strange warrior was at the
In this episode we witness the heroic rescue of the
beautiful swan maiden, Ahilu and her return to her
sister, Humay. The two brothers, Ural and Shulgan,
are also reunited. A huge double wedding is
planned. But evil lurks to spoil all that is
good in this episode from the World Heritage
epic of the Bashkir people of Siberia.
the fine wedding celebrations ended, Ural continued
his journey. He followed a crooked, twisting
path and crossed many rivers and lakes."
The adventure of "Ural the Brave" continues
as he encounters dragons and evil doers in his quest
to defeat Death. Along the way he vanquishes
fearsome enemies and marries a beautiful maiden.
Meanwhile, his brother, Shulgan, has taken a
different path. He, too, encounters trickery
and deceit, finally being cast into a dungeon to
await the end of his days. This World Heritage
epic of the Bashkir people is brought to you in a
fresh translation and retelling in modern English.
This is the second episode in a five-part series
being published over the next several months.
long, so long ago there was a place where no human
foot had ever trod..."
An adventure filled epic that explores man's quest
for eternal life in a world of deception, cruelty
and killing. Two very different brothers violate
their father's trust and are sent from their idyllic
home on a quest to find and destroy Death and to
discover the Spring of Life. Over the years they
encounter many obstacles, fierce dragons, cruel
tyrants, wise men, suffering people, and beautiful
maidens. This World Heritage epic of the
Bashkir people is brought to you in a fresh
translation and retelling in modern English.
This is the first episode in a five-part series
being published over the next several months.
times now long forgotten a man and wife lived in a
So begins this collection of two intriguing Tatar
tales. The first, "Safa and the Devil
Shaitan", chronicles a father's curse that
falls on his son to overcome. In it
swans become maidens who help the hero, Safa,
vanquish the devil, Shaitan. The second tale,
"Rose and the Forest Witch", tells of
a poor girl who is kidnapped by the son of a witch
and how she undergoes many trials as she flees
homeward. A magical story with incantations
and narrow escapes.
tale begins in times so ancient that I alone
Beyond the Seventh Sea is an exciting
high-adventure folktale from Siberia in which a poor
young boy encounters obstacles, magic, beautiful
maidens, perplexing life riddles, and many
adventures as he tries to make his way home to care
for his aging parents. How does it end?
Does he succeed? A rare folktale from the
Tatar people of Russia. Retold in modern
is a splendid epic from the Tuvan people of Siberia.
A young hero is orphaned and enslaved by an evil
khan. He is rescued by the brave stallion, Tuman
Kiskil. Together they have many adventures as the
young hero searches for his intended bride. Unique
and rare story. Retold in modern English for a
ancient times, many years before tomorrow and long
The Golden Feather
is a tale from the Tatar people of Central Russia.
It tells how a poor boy is mistreated by his
stepmother only to be saved by the stallion his real
mother left him when she died. Together boy and
stallion escape. Along the way they find a
magic golden feather that brings adventure, perils,
and great success. A fast-moving traditional Tatar
folktale told in modern English that will keep both
children and parents on the edge of their seats.
mellow flute whispers softly in the night as I begin
Gulaim: Warrior Maiden
is the exciting epic story from the Karakalpak
people of Central Asia. Gulaim, a valiant
warrior maiden, and her forty warrior sisters battle
to save their land from foreign invaders. This is a
rare example in folklore of women serving as the
defenders of their land. Told in modern English.
Fast moving and gripping. Definitely
worth reading just for the imagery and style.
The Crooked Birch Tree
is a collection of six funny and fast-moving short
tales from the Tatar people of Siberia and Central
Asia. Excellent for reading to children at bedtime.
Each story has a moral and has been expertly retold
in modern English.
The stories are "The Crooked Birch Tree", "The
Three Daughters", "The Two Lazy Brothers",
"Shurale, the Wood Demon", "The Boastful
Rich Man", and "The Clever Soldier."
folktales were translated from Russian and retold in English
by David Andresen. David has more than 40 years
experience in translating all types of written and oral
materials for government, businesses, non-profit
organizations, and private individuals. He has also
taught Russian at universities and colleges. He served
seven years as the US publisher of the "Economic Life of the
Russian Far East." His interest in folktales dates
from the 1970's when he began collecting and translating
folklore from across the republics of the former Soviet
Until the moment of her death in early fall 2013, Tish
Andresen played a key role in editing, revising,
and consulting on each title's content. Her long
experience as a children's librarian and teacher
provided valuable insight into the style and language that
would appeal to children and folklore enthusiasts of all
ages. Tish is greatly missed.