Imogen, Woodroffe 2019
The House with Chicken Legs
I really liked The House With Chicken Legs because it was an interesting spin on the traditional Russian Folk Story, Baba-Yaga.
In Russian Folk Lore, Baba-Yaga is depicted as a frightening, horrific hag who lives in a strange shack with chicken legs and has a flock of evil, black geese. She also has a morbid appetite for children and unsuspecting humans that cross he house's path.
In this story, however, she is depicted as a caring grandmother to Marinka, a young girl who only wants to make friends and lead a normal life outside of helping dead spirits to the stars. Marinka meets a boy in a village and for the first time ever makes a friend. The house, however, moves on its own to the next place to stay.
Eventually, through much existential pondering, she accepts the beauty of her destiny and bonds to her own house, exploring the earth and guiding the dead.
Posted on: 26th April 2019 at 09:40 am
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