The Raspberry Hut: and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English by Danny EvanishenThe Raspberry Hut: and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English by Danny Evanishen

The Raspberry Hut: and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English

byDanny Evanishen

Paperback | May 15, 1994

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The Raspberry Hut

and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English


The Raspberry Hut is the first volume in the folk tale series. It tells fifteen 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.


Retold by Danny Evanishen.

Translations by John W Evanishen

Illustrations by Deanna Evanishen and Johanne (Evanishen) Kasha


144 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated.

ISBN 0-9697748-2-6


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:The Raspberry Hut: and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in EnglishFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.4 inPublished:May 15, 1994Publisher:ETHNIC ENTERPRISESLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0969774826

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The Raspberry Hut and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold in English   The Cossack and the Spider   A long time ago, during a fierce fight, there was a Cossack leader who fell in battle. He was seriously injured, and his men carried him to a quiet spot in a woods near the scene of the strife. The Cossack sat with his back against a tree and tried to regain his strength. The situation seemed quite hopeless, as his men were badly outnumbered and the tide of battle was turning the way of the enemy.   As he sat and rested, he saw a spider that was trying to string a web from its tree to another tree a short distance away. The spider had just about reached the spot on the other tree where it wanted to fix its web, when it fell from the tree. Its thread kept it from hitting the ground, and it climbed back up to try again.   “What a marvellous thing is a spider,” thought the Cossack. “It goes on spinning its web even though the world is collapsing around it.”   He continued watching the spider. Each time the spider almost reached its goal, it fell. Instead of settling for another spot, the spider kept trying to reach the one it had chosen.   “Surely the spider will give up and go elsewhere,” thought the Cossack. “That is now six times it has tried to reach its goal.”   The spider did not quit. It made a mighty effort and finally succeeded. At this the Cossack took heart. “If a spider will not give up, there is no reason why I should be so weak,” he thought.   The Cossack struggled to his feet and rejoined the battle, yelling with all his might to his men. When they saw him return, they took heart and surged forward, suddenly over-whelming their enemy. The battle was won!   For the lesson learned from a struggling spider, a victory was gained. If at first you do not succeed, try, try again.

Editorial Reviews

Raspberry Hut & ZhabkaCanadian Book Review Annual, 1995, pp 267, 268Reviewer: Edith Fowke 3317 The Raspberry Hut and Other Ukrainian Folk TalesRetold in English3318 Zhabka and Other Ukrainian Folk Tales Retold inEnglish These two important collections present 30 Ukrainianfolktales known in Canada. Both include a pronunciation guide and glossary,amusing line drawings, and notes on each tale. This was a family project: Danny Evanishen’s fatherstimulated his interest by translating some stories he found in an old Ukrainianbook handed down by his father; his mother provided one story and encouragedhim; and his niece and sister did the artwork. When Evanishen started toinvestigate, he discovered thousands of Ukrainian folktales, of which thesevolumes represent a small fraction. Many stories in Zhabka have international plots. “TheBear from That Other World” is like other tales from Eastern Europe,particularly the Russian Firebird tales. “The Frog Princess” has parallelsin many lands. “The Flying Ship” and “The Gossip” are well-known talesfrom Ukraine, although Russians often claim them. Two are rare (“The EnchantedCastle” and “The Raven”). “The Cossack and the Spider” illustrates howstories cross borders; it’s a well-known Scottish tale the author’s mothertold him in Ukrainian. “The Deceitful Nanny Goat” is an example of acante-fableóa story told partly in prose with interspersed verses. Several items in The Raspberry Hut come from thecollections of J.B. Rudnyckyj and Robert B. Klymasz (Ukrainian Folklore inEnglish and Folk Narrative Among Ukrainian-Canadians ). The stories follow muchthe same pattern as those in Zhabka , with some international and many common inUkrainian collections. The majority are animal tales, some of which are found inevery culture. Two are moralistic (“Danylo Burmylo, the Bear” and “Zhabka”),one is an Aesop’s fable, and “The Big Round Bun” parallels the English“The Gingerbread Man.” Libraries and schools in Ukrainian-Canadian settlementswill appreciate these books for their good selection of the main types offolktales. Folklorists will regret that tale types and motifs are not given,although sources are indicated and Evanishen plans to give comparativereferences when he completes the series.