Friday, March 5, 2021

Celebrating the Country of Russia

Ivan Tsarevich Riding a Grey Wolf
Viktor Vasnetsov, 1889

"Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.”Robert Alan Aurthur

This is the fifth in my series, highlighting the rich diversity of folktales, fairy tales, legends, and myths from around the world. I hope it will make it easier for you to find new and unique tales to add to your repertoire, and in the process, learn more about our global neighbors. There are about 120 ethnic groups in Russia, so I encourage you to conduct further research on the specific region and/or culture behind the stories.

At the end of this blog, you will find links to my previous journeys to the continent of Africa, and the countries of India, Germany, and Turkey. While we may not be able to travel safely just yet we can still explore the world with our imaginations! I hope you find something useful and fun to add to your storytelling work or classroom.


Alenoushka and Her Brother

Baba Yaga

The Enchanted Princess

The Lime Tree – Russia

The Little Daughter of the Snow - Russia

The Lute Player

Masha and the Bear - Russian

The Silver Plate and the Transparent Apple


Story of the Duck with the Golden Eggs

The Tale of the Golden Cockerel

The Tale of Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf

The Tsarevna Frog 

The Twelve Months – Russia 

When the Twins Went to War


Cossack Fairy Tales and Folktales
by Robert Nisbet Bain, 1902 – Bain collected these folktales from Ruthenian, the language of the Cossacks, a language intermediate between Russian and Polish. 

Myths and Folk-Tales of the Russians, ‘Western Slavs, and Magyars by Jeremiah Curtin 1903.

The Russian Story Book
by Richard Wilson, 1916. Fifteen tales, several featuring the hero Ilya, others with Nikita the Footless, the Cake-Baker and more.

Russian Tales
Many delightful tales from Russia and the Ukraine and details on Russian traditions from Christmas to weddings.

Russian Sunbirds
While this site is home to Russian lacquer art it also offers a stunning array of Russian folktales, fairytales, songs, literature and poetry.

Russian Fairy Tales
The site shares twenty-one fairytales. Most offer both a short and long version, for those who want more details.

Russian Folk-tales by William Ralston Shedden Ralston - Just in time for All Hallows’ Eve. Download this book from 1880, full of myths, legends, and folktales of demons, witches, vampires and ghouls if you dare!  

The Russian Garland
– Seventeen Russian folktales translated from a collection of chapbooks, circa 1916.   

The Russian Story Book by Richard Wilson, 1916. Fifteen tales, several featuring the hero Ilya, others with Nikita the Footless, the Cake-Baker and more.

Twenty-Three Tales by Leo Tolstoy, 1907. The book is divided into seven parts and includes tales for children, short stories and Russian folktales.

Vampire and Ghost Stories from Russia Six stories to make your blood run cold.


Culture Guide: Russia – Grade K-6

Lesson Plan for Masha and the Bear new

National Geographic - Russia

Russian History and Culture 
This resource is no longer offered at the original link; however, I was able to locate it via the Wayback Machine. You can still access all of the resources here:


Activity Village – Envelope Matryoshka Dolls, Faberge Eggs and more.

DLTK-Kids - Tigers, and bears, and wolves, oh my! Lots of fun here to keep the little ones entertained.


Celebrating the Continent of Africa

Celebrating the Country of Germany

Celebrating the Country of India

Celebrating the Country of Turkey

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