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A Tale of Russian Folklore - The Bear and the Nightingale
January 11, 2021
Jennifer Fain and Paige Downey
We open up season 3 with The Bear and the Nightingale, a story inspired by Slavic and Russian Folklore. Tune in to learn a bit about this story and the mythology it is based on.
Russian Folklore Resources
Paige Presents Fun with Comics: Lore Olympus, Webtoon
The Bear and The Nightingale
Creative’s Corner: Tale Foundry
- What are some similarities and differences you can see between Russian/Slavic folklore and Western folklore or fairy tales?
- Vasya’s socially acceptable choices are get married or go to a convent. She chooses neither and runs off on her own. If you lived in this society or time period, what do you think you would have done?
- What are some modern folk tales that you are familiar with? Would you want to read a book inspired by them?
- Ivan Bilibin was the artist Jennifer was talking about during the discussion, you can learn more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Bilibin
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Overview of Russian Folklore
Paige Presents Fun with Comics
The Bear and The Nightingale Summary
Other Books Inspired by Russian Folklore