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Сестрица Алёнушка и братец Иванушка (ALYONUSHKA)
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a brother and sister
walked together down a long road. The sister's name was
Alyonushka, and her brother was called Ivanushka. The two had
been walking a long time when they came to a cow's hoof filled
with water. "May I drink form it sister?" Little Ivanushka asked.
"No, or you will turn into a calf." Alyonushka answered. Little
Ivanushka was very thirsty, but obeyed his sister. He obeyed her
again when they came to a horse's hoof filled with water.
Alyonushka told him that if he drank from it, he would turn into
The brother and sister walked along further, and Ivanushka
became increasingly thirsty. Then they came upon a goat's hoof
filled with water. "May I drink from it?" Ivanushka asked.
Alyonushka once again was firm, "No, if you do you will turn
into a kid." But this time the boy disobeyed his sister, and on
his first sip turned into a little goat.
Alyonushka sat on the rode crying when a merchant drove by and
inquired about her trouble. Alyonushka explained the situation
to him, and he said that if she married him they could live
happily with the goat. Alyonushka agreed, and so they lived
happily this way for some time.
Then one day an evil witch tricked Alyonushka into going down to
the river, where she tied a stone around her neck and threw her
in. The witch then took on Alyonuska's form and lived as her for
awhile. Only poor Ivanushka new the truth about his sister.
Little did he know that the witch had plans for him too. When
the wicked woman overheard him one day talking to his sister in
the lake, she decided to ask the merchant to kill the little
It was hard for the merchant to agree to kill Ivanushka, as he
loved the goat like a person. But, begin deceived by the witch,
he felt his wife's wishes to be the most important. Ivanushka
asked the merchant if he could go to the river for one last
drink before he died, and the merchant agreed. There at the
river's edge the goat cried out to his sister, and she answered
him that she couldn't help him with a stone tied around her
neck. Neither the brother nor sister realized that this time a
peasant had overheard their conversation, and was on his way to
stop the merchant form killing Ivanushka.
Upon hearing the peasant's story, the merchant ran to the river,
found Alyonushka, and took the stone from around her neck. The
witch was then tied to a horse, which was turned loose in an
opened field. The little goat was so happy that he turned three
summersaults, and was changed back into a boy.
They lived happily ever after.