“Beside the sea stands a green oak tree,
And on the tree a golden chain:
And on the chain a learned cat
Walks round and round and round again;
When he goes left he tells a tale,
And when he goes right he sings a refrain.”
So begins Alexander Pushkin’s fantasy poem Ruslan and Ludmila. This piece is a mélange of popular Slavic characters and stories: Vasilisa the Fair, the Frog Tsarevna, Rusalka, the firebird, and Baba Yaga. Baba Yaga’s house on chicken legs is practically a character in its own right, wandering the forest, turning its back to any who would try to enter, and crouching down only for Baba Yaga to reach its door.
Image is a print of an original color pencil drawing by Rachael Koppendrayer, printed on 100# cover.
Each card measures 5×7 inches, and is blank on the inside. Envelope is included.
420 Russian Fairy Tale
Printed in USA