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Young Fool Who Makes a Wise Wish

I begged my brothers to let me go with them when they set out to see the world, but they would have nothing of it. We’d all been given a wish, and we were told to make sure it was our best wish. My two elder brothers wished that every time they put their hands in...

Bee Who Knows How to Help

Prince Ivan, he comes to pieces so easily! He sat on a stone by the sea and wept while Baba Yaga’s mares stood in water up to their necks. We herded them with our stingers. Ivan didn’t see a thing, he was so lost in his own torment. After the sun set I...

Princess Martha Who Changes the Life a Stable Boy

There is something different about that stable boy. All he seems to do is sleep. The stable master beats him for his indolence but then he goes to sleep again! I’ll rouse him. Better still, I’ll raise him up. I’ll give him a better life now that my...

Princess Who is Taken Aboard

I asked my father to allow me to go to the port so I could see the ship of Ivan the merchant’s son. To be honest, I was just as interested in Ivan as I was in his ship. I took my nurses, governesses and maidservants with me, and they lingered on deck while Ivan...

Porcelain Maiden

I went swimming with my friends and when we came out of the lake, I couldn’t find my clothes! I knew where I had stashed them. They were dazzling white. There wasn’t any other explanation except that they had been stolen! My friends stopped helping me when...