Reading Notes: Russian Folktales, Part A

Image result for friday

All of the tales in this unit were relatively short. In my opinion, this means that the story needs to both start and end very strong to leave an impression on the reader. Of course I really enjoyed these tales, and I’ve never heard anything similar to some of them. I do have a few favorites from this section though, and those are the ones that I’ll potentially use to create my own fairy tale.

The Bad Wife was such a strange story, but so interesting. I definitely got a kick out of the wife constantly doing anything opposite of the husband’s wishes. I knew that would play a role in the story, but I didn’t know everything would end up as it did. I think this story could be changed into a more modern theme with the husband and wife constantly wanting different things. I could use this as a potential beginning to my story. But obviously it wouldn’t just be “husband” and “wife,” I would want much stronger character development.

Friday was rather interesting as well. The poor old woman who spun flax and worked hard on Friday had an unfriendly visit with Mother Friday. Mother Friday decided that the old lady deserved punishment for this, so she stuffed her eyes full with dust. That poor lady! She then praised and begged for Mother Friday’s forgiveness of her terrible wrongdoing, and was once again visited by Mother Friday. I was happy that Mother Friday did have a heart, and was able to fix the dust being stuffed into the old lady’s eyes! I would enjoy writing a story similar to this one. Maybe Mother Friday could actually save someone’s life. I could have the old lady working away every Friday until she’s visited by Mother Friday on that one Friday. After she asks for forgiveness and is restored her sight, I could have something awful happen the particular Friday that Mother Friday didn’t let her work.


  • The machine she was working with failed and would’ve forever made her blind
  • The town suffered an attack (but I don’t want to make anything sad)
  • Something that isn’t sad or awful, but would be a blessing to not encounter!


Russian Fairy Tales by W.R.S. Ralston in 1887. The stories can be accessed online here.

Katy Perry, It’s Friday (t.g.i.f) accessed online from Wikimedia Commons.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *