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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Johnston Press (June 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409769070
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409769071
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,165,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884 and went to school at Rugby. He was in Russia in 1917, and witnessed the Revolution, which he reported for the Manchester Guardian. After escaping to Scandinavia, he settled in the Lake District with his Russian wife where, in 1929, he wrote Swallows and Amazons. And so began a writing career which has produced some of the real children's treasures of all time. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post. Ransome died in 1967. He and his wife Evgenia lie buried in the churchyard of St Paul's Church, Rusland, in the southern Lake District. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

Read it out loud to your young and see their reaction.
Rodolfo Tarelli
Typos are frequent and there's no table of contents, also, there was absolutely no editing of the book.
Kiwi
It was not as pictured and it was not "new" as stated.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rodolfo Tarelli on March 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
This was the first storybook that was ever read to me. The Book tells the story of an uncle that lives in the chill of Russia during the winter with his nephews. As days go by, he starts telling stories to them ...
These stories, are perfect for children ages 10 and up. They are written pretty much as fables, all of them having some kind of insight as to how people are. No violence is included in the text, though some is meant to be understood, as in Little Red Riding Hood.
Do get this book. Read it out loud to your young and see their reaction.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi on July 14, 2010
Be warned, the book published by General Books LLC is an el cheapo version, using OCR scanning and an automated scanning device which can miss complete pages. Typos are frequent and there's no table of contents, also, there was absolutely no editing of the book. This is all stated on the publishers web site (google them and read - you'll be as shocked as I was when you get all the details). There are NO illustrations.

The reviews asoociated with this book from General Books LLC are from a version from a different (and reputable) publisher. The owner of General Books LLC, VDM Publishing, is gaining noteriety for these ripoffs - almost every review of their books (around 500,000 of them from one imprint or another now listed on Amazon) by an actual buyer is negative, many are extremely so.

If you have bought the version from General Books LLC by mistake, you can return to Amazon within 30 days(but check Amazon's Return Policy for the details)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sally tarbox on November 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Had this read to me as a child and will never forget the witch's cat helping the little girl escape by taking her place at the loom while she gets away:
'Are you weaving, little niece?' Baba Yaga asked. 'Are you weaving, my pretty?'
'I am weaving, Auntie', says the thin black cat, tangling and tangling while the loom went clickety-clack clickety-clack.
'That's not the voice of my little dinner!' says Baba Yaga

Also the story about an old couple planting turnips on their roof, till their turnips are all stolen by a crowd of queer little children... Will have your kids spellbound
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Old Peter's Russian Tales is a collection of Russian folktales written for children. The stories are linked together by anecdotes of a grandfather and his two grandchildren, to whom he tells the tales in the book. The anecdotes are relatively short, though occasionally the grandchildren will interrupt a story to ask questions.

The style of writing is geared towards children, though it stops short of being irritatingly sweet like some books I could name. This chosen style makes it a bit dull for an adult reader, though the appearance of archaic themes (such as wife-beating) means that a child should not read this book on their own. There are also not-infrequent Christian references.

Because this book was scanned before being made into a kindle book, there are a remarkable number of typo-like mistakes throughout the text. There are a few foot-notes, but the notes are in the middle of the text anyway, and a few of them are extraneous. The free kindle edition also lacks illustrations, though the captions for them (and the page numbers) are left in the text. But there IS an active table of contents, so at least there's that.

Contains the following stories:
The Hut in the Forest
The Tale of the Silver Saucer and the Transparent Apple
Sadko
Frost
The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship
Baba Yaga
The Cat who Became Head-Forester
Spring in the Forest
The Little Daughter of the Snow
Prince Ivan, the Witch Baby, and the Little Sister of the Sun
The Stolen Turnips, the Magic Tablecloth, the Sneezing Goat, and the Wooden Whistle
Little Master Misery
A Chapter of Fish
The Golden Fish
Who Lived in the Skull
Alenoushka and her Brother
The Fire-Bird, the Horse of Power, and the Princess Vasilissa
The Hunter and his Wife
The Three Men of Power--Evening, Midnight and Sunrise
Salt
The Christening in the Village
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TONY MORPHETT on March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was given to me by my mother when I was a kid and I loved it then and I love it now. I think I'd already started to read Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons books at the time I got Old Peter and he's a master storyteller. The witch Baba Yaga, the terrifying Witch Baby who says "ate the father, ate the mother, now to eat the little brother", they can still send cold shivers up my spine. My childhood copy disappeared somewhere in my wanderings which is why I bought it afresh and fell in love with it all over again. Tony Morphett
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on June 29, 2014
Format: Paperback
This edition of Old Peter's Russian Tales is a discarded library book. I am fortunate to have found it and been able to give it a good home. The stories, especially one in particular, was one my mother told me about and so is special to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Raber on October 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Arthur Ransome knows and loves Russia and this book proves it. This is a charming book, very well written and full of accurate information.
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