Once upon a time, there lived a Tzar who had three sons. When they were grown to manhood, the Tzar called them to him and said, “It is my wish that you marry, for I want to enjoy my grandchildren before I die.”
The sons gladly agreed, but said, “Tell us whom we should marry.”
The father gave each of them a magic arrow. He told them to go into an open field and shoot their arrows into the air. Wherever the arrow landed, there would he find his bride.
From The Frog Princess in Stories from the Hearth. 1995
“The roar of thunder and the crowing of a rooster are two convincing sound effects that introduce The Magic Fish, the first Russian tale crisply retold by Kathryn Hurd……This is a solid, impressively performed collection.”
Publishers Weekly, January 16, 1995