MISHKA, PISHKA AND FISHKA and Other Galician Tales by Eric A. Kimmel

MISHKA, PISHKA AND FISHKA and Other Galician Tales

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The American author of The Tartar's Swords (1974) draws freely on Eastern European folklore in these five tales of trickery and shifting fortunes. Their mustaches play a dominant role in the fate of brothers Mishka, Pishka and Fishka; an ogre's prized long nose proves his downfall when a young photographer plays on his vanity; Cossack and Tartar apply themselves to tricking each other; old Baba Tsigan, who reads cards, outwits death himself; and, most amusing, the ant Anton Antonovich succeeds through sheer chutzpah in closing the road to an increasingly imposing series of travelers from a beetle to Kaiser Franz Josef. An inconsequential quintet, and Kimmel lays on the folksiness a bit thick, which only makes it seem the more synthetic (as are the pictures). Still, it flows along smoothly for easy reading and diverting reading aloud.

Pub Date: June 3rd, 1976
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan