Russia Literature Folk Tale Alyonushka and Ivanushka

Alyonushka and Ivanushka

Once upon a time, Alyonushka and Ivanushka set out on a very long journey. Ivanushka became thirsty and drank from a lake near a flock of goats, and turned into a baby goat. As Alyonushka sat on the side of the road and cried, a wealthy man came along and told her that he would help them if she would agree to marry him. She did, and they all lived quite happily together – the merchant, Alyonushka, and the baby goat that was Ivanushka. One day, an evil witch drowned Alyonushka in a lake and assumed her identity. Only the baby goat knew the truth, as he had witnessed the evil deed. When the witch overheard him talking to his sister in the lake, she asked Alyonushka’s husband to kill the goat. The goat pleaded with the real Alyonushka to help him. A peasant overheard the conversation and told the husband, who killed the evil witch and freed Alyonushka from the lake. The little goat changed back into Ivanushka.

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