Snegorochka: The Snow Maiden, a retelling of the Russian Fairy Tale
by Anne Spackman
Copyright 2012 by Anne Spackman
Covert art by Mikhail Vrubel, c.1895,
in the public domain
A long time ago, in a land called Russia, there lived a woodcutter named Sergei and his wife, called Masha. They had been happy for many long years, but had no children to comfort them now as old age was approaching. Sergei cut logs in the woods to make a living. So they were prosperous in their work, but the couple was nonetheless sad that they had no child to love.
“Many years of life have passed since we were young, and now we are old. Who will look after us now?” the couple thought in sadness.
Then one day, on a cold early winter’s morning, Sergei went to the nearby forest to chop some wood, and his wife Masha followed him to gather some berries. They were nearly frozen by the extreme cold of the day.
“Though we have no child, we might fashion a child out of snow,” suggested Sergei to his wife.
“Yes, let us do that to amuse ourselves,” returned Masha.