THE LAZIES: Tales of the Peoples of Russia by Mirra -- Ed. & Trans. Ginsburg

THE LAZIES: Tales of the Peoples of Russia

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Fifteen short folk tales with laziness as the common theme are competently retold and accented with small, spare, playfully agile line drawings. Some of the selections (such as ""The Three Knots"" and ""The Clever Thief"") seem forced into the ""lazies"" category/. Many are familiar but welcome -- ""The Lazy Daughter"" is a lesser but passably diverting variant of Rumpelstiltskin, and the classic ""Who Will Wash the Pot"" could not be omitted. All told, the brevity and briskness of the tales should recommend the collection to uncommitted readers, who will be hard put to resist an opening like ""In a certain village there lived a man who was so lazy that he would not even chew his food, but swallowed it in lumps"" -- and who would not be so easily transported by Baba Yaga's Geese, above.

Pub Date: Sept. 24th, 1973
Publisher: Macmillan