Konyok Garbunok - The Humpbacked Horse(Russian)
By Pyotr Yershov (Author); Helena Samokish-Sudkovskaya (Illustration)
The story of The Humpbacked Horse (Konyok-Gorbunok) (sometimes known in English as The Magic Horse or The Little Magic Horse) is based on Tsarevitch Ivan, the Fire Bird and the Gray Wolf. The little horse helps Ivan, a peasant’s son, carry out the many unreasonable demands of the tsar. During his adventures, Ivan captures the beautiful magic firebird for the tsar, keeps his magic horse, and finds his love, Tsar-Maid (Princess). At the end, the princess and the peasant’s son live happily for many years after. After The Humpbacked Horse was published, many people did not believe that Pyotr Yershov was a real person; they were sure it was a Pushkin poem. Indeed Pushkin wrote the first four lines of the final version of the poem and helped with its editing.
Censors banned the complete story for over 20 years in the mid-19th century because it made the Tsar appear foolish. Today it is considered a classic children's fairy tale.
Ages 4-10; 68 Pages; Paperback