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The Feather of Finist the Falcon: A Russian Folk Tale

Ok, raise your hand if you know (and love!) Cinderella. All right, all right, I can’t see your hands, but regardless, I bet you’re going to love this classic Russian twist on the story. For once, it’s not the prince chasing his princess, but rather, the other way around – so refreshing. Not to mention, there’s falcons, feathers, and Finists in the midst! Two last notes before you get started: pay attention to the things that come in threes in this tale (spoiler alert: there’s a lot of them!). And, always remember: the morning is wiser than the evening. Confused? Listen in, and I promise, it will all come together.

WEBSITE ILLUSTRATION DESCRIPTIONS: The complete set of the illustrations of Ivan Bilibin, a renowned Russian illustrator, for the tale “The Feather of Finist the Falcon,” all in their original Russian context. Bilibin’s iconic illustrations propelled the story into the world’s eye; he is, in large respect, responsible for its fame. Can you guess who each of the characters in the depictions are after listening to the story? Comment down below!