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Annotated Fairy Tale: The Wonderful Birch

Here we go, yet another one! I admit, however, that this is not so deeply bizarre as the Wonderful Sheep, but it still is…err…wonderful! And has sheep!

This is a Russian version of the Cinderella story, and naturally has some bits that would never make the Disney cut, but also a few lines that I find surprisingly charming, and a weirdly sympathetic character who isn’t the heroine (to no one’s great surprise. Hell, I haven’t liked a heroine since the Large and Lonely Tortoise.)

The Wonderful Birch. BIRCH, I said.Collapse )