Maria and Stefan are an old couple who have long grieved for their three daughters, who died as children. Then, at midsummer, Buryonka the cow begins giving miraculous milk that restores the couple's youth. Hearing reports of the miracle, the tsar commandeers the cow, but is so greedy that he drinks himself past babyhood into the life of his own great-great-great-grandfather, another tyrant--who sends Buryonka and her owners packing back to their farm; en route, the lost daughters are re-claimed, alive and well. Lewis retells this unusual Russian folk tale with humor and panache; the prizewinning Dutch illustrator's pen drawings washed in bright earth tones are vigorous, unsentimental, and well-designed, with an authentic Russian flavor in their details. A good addition to folklore collections; should be useful for telling or as a young reader.