How April Went To Visit March: and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English by Danny EvanishenHow April Went To Visit March: and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English by Danny Evanishen

How April Went To Visit March: and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English

byDanny Evanishen

Paperback | May 15, 1996

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How April Went to Visit March is the third volume in the folk tale series. It tells seventeen stories, some of which are old favorites and some of which are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.
About the Author/Publisher   Danny Evanishen is a Canadian of Ukrainian descent who has spent his whole life immersed in things Ukrainian. His greatest triumph was dancing for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Ottawa in 1967 as a member of Saskatoon’s world-famous Ukrainian dance company, Yevshan, under the directio...
Title:How April Went To Visit March: and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in EnglishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:May 15, 1996Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0969774850

ISBN - 13:9780969774853

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How April Went to Visit March and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English   How April Went to Visit March   A long time ago, March invited April to be his guest for lunch. April was very pleased about the invitation and, on the appointed day, she set off in her sleigh.   March, who was really a frivolous fellow, had not been at all serious when he made his invitation and, when he saw April coming to visit, he took measures to prevent her from arriving at his house.   He made the weather so warm that the snow melted, and the sleigh could hardly move on the bare ground. April took the sleigh home and started out again but, this time, she went with a wagon instead of a sleigh.   March now turned on the winter again. The North wind blew so hard and so cold that the rain froze solid as soon as it hit the road. It became so slippery that the wagon slid sideways and could not go forward. It was impossible to travel, and the disappointed April had to turn home again.   Later, April met May and began to complain to her: “Whenever I try to visit March, there is no way I can get there, either with the wagon or the sleigh. When I take the wagon, it becomes so cold and the road so slippery that the wheels will not turn. If I take the sleigh, it becomes so warm that the snow disappears and I cannot make it either. How am I ever going to visit March for lunch?”   May knew all about March and his habits; she thought it was time somebody stood up to his foolishness and exposed him for the knave he really was. She said to April, “I will advise you how you can visit March. Take with you, all at once, a wagon, a sleigh and a boat; then you will be sure to reach him.”   April took her advice and started out again. She travelled by sleigh, on which she put the wagon and a boat.   March blew in the warm air and melted the snow, so April put the sleigh and the boat on the wagon, and kept going.   March blew cold, and there was frost and snow; April put the wagon and the boat back on the sleigh.   When March melted the snow again, and the streams flooded, April put the sleigh and the wagon on the boat and travelled much faster on the water. Finally, she arrived safely at the home of the shameless March.   March did not know quite how to react; he was very surprised, and asked April, “Who taught you how to reach me?”   April replied, “May showed me how I could work around your trickery.”   March then cried, “You just wait, May; I will trim your wings too, one of these days!”   And that is why there often are March frosts in May because, even now, March is still very angry at May.

Editorial Reviews

How April Went to Visit MarchCanadian Book Review Annual 1996Reviewer: Myroslav Shkandrij 3303 How April Went to Visit March and Other Ukrainian folkTales Retold in English This collection of 17 Ukrainian stories includes bothclassic fairy tales and Canadian variants of famous tales, recorded by pioneersand passed on to later generations. Although many of the subtle plays on words,the rhythmic repetitions, and the colorful details of the originals have beenlost in the translation into English, this volume - the third in DannyEvanishen’s Ukrainian folklore series - provides an authentic selection thatwill interest the general reader. Short notes provide cultural background aswell as information on the sources of the stories.