The story of Tereshichka is a Russian tale of an old man and wife who mourned their childless existence. So they cut a block of wood, bundled it in swaddling clothes, put it in a cradle, and rocked it and sang lullabies to it. (Creepy…) Lucky for them, the little block of wood turned into a little boy, whom they named Tereshichka.


When he was a little older, Tereshichka would go out fishing on a boat his father had built for him. His mother would bring to him milk and cheese, calling him to shore when it was time to eat. Then one day, a wicked witch named Chuvilikha tried to trick him and called him to shore like his mother always did. But Tereshichka was not fooled.


Not one to be stymied, Chuvilikha found herself a singing teacher, who then taught her how to have a voice like Tereshichka’s mother. When she called to him a second time, Tereshichka was fooled. When he came to shore, the witch snatched him and put him in a bag. She then took him to her home, where she told her daughter to roast him for dinner.


But Tereshichka was clever, and he instead put the witch’s daughter into the oven to roast before running away to hide in a tree. When Chuvilikha returned, she ate the entire roast and was really quite pleased with herself. Seeing her revelry, Tereshichka called down to her from the tree that she had, in fact, just eaten her daughter.


Rightfully enraged, Chuvilikha starts gnawing at Tereshichka’s tree in order to knock it down. She made good progress, but before the tree came down, a little plucked goose flew by and saved the boy. They returned to Tereshichka’s home, and his parents, who had been serving Tereshichka’s funeral repast, were very happy to see him. They rewarded the little plucked goose with food and drink and then let him go. And the little goose thereafter was quite proud and flew at the head of the flock for having saved Tereshichka.


Source: Afanas’ev, Aleksandr, “Tereshichka”, Russian Fairy Tales, Pantheon Books, 2006. Translated by Nobert Guterman.


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Tasha - 9 years ago

Oh yay, a fairytale with a happy ending. 🙂 I suppose he was a reward for the parents belief.
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    Sara C. Snider - 9 years ago

    The happy ending was nice. I thought for sure that the little goose was going to get eaten for his trouble of saving the boy. I was pleasantly surprised. A fairy tale plot twist! 😉

Sophie Duncan - 9 years ago

Witches never come out of fairytales well 🙂 But I’m glad for once the hero managed to stay alive, not always the case with these tales.
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    Sara C. Snider - 9 years ago

    Yeah, it was a nice change of pace. 🙂

tara tyler - 9 years ago

it’s fun reading back thru your beasties! i love the names! phooka is my fave!!

happy a to z-ing!

    Sara C. Snider - 9 years ago

    Thanks Tara! I admire your perseverance in reading through all of them. 🙂

Laura Clipson - 9 years ago

It’s nice to see a fairy tale with a happy ending! I’d never heard this one before.

    Sara C. Snider - 9 years ago

    Most of these stories are new to me as well. That’s been the best part of this challenge I think–finding all the stories and creatures to write about. 🙂

Timothy Brannan - 9 years ago

Awww…the witch lost! Darn.

Still though, a happy ending is a rare thing.

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    Sara C. Snider - 9 years ago

    Hehe. She needs to be more careful when trying to cook little boys. 😉

Melanie Atherton Allen - 8 years ago

Does the witch have a specific interest in eating wood? I mean, she wants to eat the boy who was at least initially made out of wood, and she gobbles up the tree he is perched in…

    Sara C. Snider - 8 years ago

    Maybe it’s a vitamin deficiency. Or she needs more fiber. 😉

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