Russian Fairy Tale – Twelve Months

Life in Russia


Twelve Months

Once there lived an evil, greedy woman who loved her own daughter and hated her virtuous, hardworking stepdaughter. On a very cold day in January, she sent her poor stepdaughter to the forest to pick snowdrops for her stepsister’s birthday.

“But the snowdrops won’t be blooming for another two months, at least!” cried the poor girl.” Her stepmother said, “I don’t want to hear about it. Go out there and find them and don’t come back until you do.”

Since the girl had no choice, she started walking through the frozen woods. She walked further and further and got colder and colder, but there wasn’t a living thing to be seen. The wind began to blow and the snow began to fall.

Suddenly, she came out into a clearing where she saw twelve men, from very young to very old, dressed in rich clothes. They asked her why…

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