A story from Russia
Retold by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Jane Kochnewitz
‘I’m hungry,’ said the Czar. ‘Stop the coach!’
He got out and asked the farmer for some bread. The farmer bowed low and gave him some.
‘This is the best bread I have ever tasted,’ said the Czar. ‘Who made it? ’
‘My daughter, Katya, your Majesty,’ replied the farmer.
‘Tell me about Katya,’ said the Czar.
‘ Oh, she’s a wonderful girl,’ said the farmer.
‘ So pretty, so good, so strong, such a good worker, such a good singer …’
‘ And such a good baker,’ said the Czar with his mouth full of bread. ‘Is she clever too?’
‘Oh yes,’ boasted the farmer. ‘She’s the cleverest person in Russia.’
‘What? Cleverer than me?’ asked the Czar.
‘Oh no, your Majesty. I’m sorry, I didn’t mean that,’ began the farmer.
But the Czar had jumped back into his coach.
‘I’ll be back!’ he called out.