Meet Ivan, the youngest of three brothers living with their father on a Russian wheat farm. The farm is their livelihood, and when an unknown creature begins tromping around in the fields at night, Ivan is the only brother who succeeds in finding the culprit.
What he discovers is a mysterious and magical horse, rustling in the wheat. The horse has pearl hooves and a golden mane. In exchange for her freedom, the mare offers Ivan three horses; two of them beautiful and the third a deformed, humble horse he names Gornok.
Gornok and Ivan soon become the closest of friends. When Ivan’s brothers attempt to steal the two prized foals, he and Gornok take a journey to find them and end up at the feet of the almighty Tsar, who offers Ivan a job in the royal stables. What seems like the ideal opportunity soon turns into a taxing venture as the Tsar begins sending Ivan on almost impossible quests for mysterious creatures. If he returns empty handed, the Tsar will have him beheaded.
Ivan travels the Russian landscape on the wise and trusty steed’s back. They ride through forests and over oceans and always, just in the nick of time, return triumphant. But Ivan soon falls in love with the Tsar’s beautiful bride to be, and they must stall the wedding if their love is to prevail. Ivan and Gornok face their most difficult challenge yet and must find a way to ruin the Tsar before it’s too late and Ivan’s true love is lost to him forever.
The Little Horse Gornok is a delightful fairy tale full of magic and mystery and is sure to dazzle readers of all age with its whimsical charm.
Eugene Ugrumov was born in the town of Chita, Siberia, in 1937. On winter Russian nights, he would tell his granddaughter, Anastassia Reznik, the original tale of The Little Horse Gornok. It was only fitting that Reznik helped edit Ugrumov’s book version of the fairytale. This is Ugrumov’s first book.
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