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Old Peter’s Russian Tales


the Battle of the Birds and the Beasts


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£9.00 (+£3.00p+p)

Paperback 320pp
ISBN: 978-0-9955681-0-5

In a hut deep in the Russian forests, old Peter’s grand children listen as he tells of fire-birds and foxes, of flying ships and frost, of Sadko and salt, of tzars and peasants and witches and soldiers, and of the Little Daughter of the Snow.

First published in 1916, Old Peter’s Russian Tales is a wonderful collection of Russian folk lore, retold by a master storyteller. For the first time it is available in this single volume with Arthur Ransome’s second collection of Russian tales, which were originally published as The War of the Birds and the Beasts in 1984. The latter volume includes The Soldier and Death, Ransome’s favourite Russian Tale, which was first published in its own right in 1920.

Illustrated by Faith Jaques, and with an introduction by Hugh Lupton, Arthur Ransome’s great-nephew and himself one of Britain’s leading storytellers, this is a collection to savour and to share.

Sample inside: from The Soldier and Death

Old Peter's Russian Tales Page 278Old Peter's Russian Tales Page 279Old Peter's Russian Tales Page 280

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All the time he was doing this Vanya and Maroosia were snuggling together close by the stove, thinking what story they would ask for, and listening to the crashing of the snow as it fell from the trees outside. Now that old Peter was at home, the noise made them feel comfortable and warm. Before, perhaps, it had made them feel a little frightened.


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