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|There once was an old man and an old woman and they had a daughter and a small son.
– My dear daughter - said the mother - we are going to work. Look after your little brother! Don't go out of the yard and be a good girl. We'll buy you a handkerchief.
Mother and father left for work and the daughter forgot what they had told her. She put her little brother on the grass under a window and ran out of the yard. She played and got carried away having fun.
The swan-geese came, snatched up the boy and carried him away on their wings. When the girl came back to the yard her brother was missing! "Oh no!" - She cried. She dashed back and forth but there was no sign of him. She called him as her tears poured out. She was scared of how angry her mother and father would be but her brother did not respond.
She ran out to the open field and caught sight of the swan-geese flying into the distance and disappearing into the forest. She realised that they took her brother with them. Swan-geese had a long held bad reputation for being naughty and carrying away little children. The girl rushed to catch up with them. She ran and ran until she saw an oven. - Oven, tell me where did the swan-geese fly to? - Eat up some of my rye buns and I will tell you. - I'm not going to eat your rye buns! I don't even eat the wheat ones at my father's house. The oven did not tell her. The girl ran further, until she came to an apple tree. - Apple tree, apple tree, tell me, where did the swan-geese fly to? - Eat some of my wild apples and I will tell you. - I'm not going to eat your wild apples! I don't even eat the apples from my father's garden. The apple tree did not tell her. So the girl ran further until she came to a river of milk flowing in banks of pudding. - River of milk, banks of pudding, where did the swan-geese fly to? - Eat up some of my humble pudding with milk, and I will tell you. - I'm not going to eat your simple pudding with milk! I don't even eat the pudding at my father's house.
For a long time she ran through fields and through forest. The day drew toward evening and there was nothing else she could do but to go home but when she turned around she suddenly saw a little hut that was turning around on a chicken leg. It had with one little window. The old witch Baba-Yaga was spinning flax in the hut and her brother was sitting on a bench playing with a silver apple. The girl ran into the hut.
- Hello, granny! - Hello, maiden. Why did you appear in front of my eyes? - I came through the forest and through the swamp and my dress is torn to shreds. I would like to warm up a little here. - Sit over there and spin my flax. Baba Yaga gave her a spindle and left her alone. The girl was spinning away when suddenly a mouse darted out from under the stove and said to her: - Maiden, maiden, give me a bit of porridge and I will tell you something nice. The girl gave her a bit of porridge and the mouse told her: - Baba Yaga has gone to the bath house to stoke the fire. She is going to steam you, put you in the oven, roast you, eat you up, and then ride away on two of your bones. The girl sat in a state of shock, crying, but the mouse spoke to her again. - Don't wait! Pick up your brother, run, and I will spin the flax instead of you. The girl snatched up her brother and set out running. Baba Yaga was coming up to the window and asking: - Maiden, are you spinning? - I'm spinning, granny - answered the mouse. The old witch was going back to the bath house.
When she had gotten the fire hot enough she went to get the girl but there was nobody in the hut. She cried: - Swan-geese! Fly after them! The sister has stolen her brother and run away! The girl with her brother in her arms ran up to the river of milk. She saw that the swan-geese were flying after her. - Mother river, hide me! - Eat up some of my simple pudding. The girl ate and thanked the river, and the river sheltered them under its banks of pudding. The swan-geese did not see her and flew past. The girl set out running again with her brother in her arms. The swan-geese came back and flew in her direction. They had seen them! What to do? Trouble! But there stood the apple tree. - Mother apple tree, hide me! - Eat some of my wild apples. The girl quickly ate one and thanked the tree, and the tree hid them within its branches, sheltered them with its leaves. The swan-geese didn't see them and flew past. The girl ran again. She ran and ran until she was almost exhausted. The swan-geese saw her again, and began to cackle. They flew in on her, and beat their wings as if at any moment they would snatch her brother from her arms. The girl ran up to the oven: - Mother oven, hide me! - Eat some of my rye buns. The girl quickly popped a bun into her mouth and settled herself and her brother into the oven.
The swan-geese flew and flew, called and called but finally they gave up and flew away back to the old woman. The girl thanked the oven and together with her brother ran all the way home. And just after they got there, their father and mother returned.}}}}*wikipedia:ru:Гуси-лебеди