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IF... Scary

Long before the Halloween celebration was invented, European literary tradition was populated by scary figures, very often with criminal intentions towards the unhappy kids who came across them. One of these figures is the Baba Jaga, a terrible witch from the Russian popular tradition. Fortunately the little girl was given a magic comb with the power of making trees grow in a second, so she could run away and avoid being baked by the old lady!
These two illustrations have been published in Canada in the volume 100 Illustrations Annual 2011 (Diana Evans Editions)


  1. Thanks so much for this post. It is interesting to learn about the Baba Jaga. Beautiful illustrations!

  2. I don't know why, it reminds me of my childhood!
    Bye papi, good!!!

  3. OMG I would not like to be in the poor girl's shoes!
    But I've always liked her story, so suggestive and full of meaning...

    ...the witch lacks the leg of bones of the epithet... that's a pity!


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