Resources

The House with Chicken Legs Resources and Activities:

The House With Chicken Legs Teachers’ Notes

CILIP Carnegie Shadowing Resources including talking points and teaching ideas

Baba Yaga Factsheet

Design Your Own Home With Legs Activity Sheet

Glossary of Russian and other words used in The House with Chicken Legs

House with Chicken Legs Colouring Sheet

Russian Foods Wordsearch

Video Masterclasses and Scheme of Work by Authorfy

Teaching Ideas by Ashley Booth, published by Teach Primary

The House With Chicken Legs Reading Session by Ashley Booth

You can read the prologue of The House with Chicken Legs at the Usborne website.

Could you live in a House with Chicken Legs? Quiz on the BookTrust website.

Baba’s Vegetable Borsch (Recipe)

Marinka’s Spiced Honey Bread (Recipe)

Shchi for Marinka: a recipe by Chez Maximka inspired by The House with Chicken Legs

Guide the Sole (A Yaga Game)

Year 6 Unit of Work by Teacher Jenny Flavell

The Girl who Speaks Bear Resources:

A video of me reading the prologue of The Girl who Speaks Bear

Glossary of Russian and other words used in The Girl who Speaks Bear

Anatoly’s Map of The Snow Forest from The Girl Who Speaks Bear

The Girl Who Speaks Bear Reading Session by Ashley Booth

Posters to print for displays: Meet The Herd version 1 / Meet The Herd version 2

Character images to print for displays: Girl, Weasel, Owl, Elk & Wolf

A piece on the folklore that inspired The Girl Who Speaks Bear, written for the FCBG

Pryaniki for Yanka (Russian spiced cookies): a recipe by Chez Maximka inspired by The Girl who Speaks Bear

Creative Writing Resources and Activities:

Reimagine a Fairy Tale Worksheet

Reimagining Fairy Tales 1: Change the Setting Worksheet

Reimagining Fairy Tales 2: Telling the Villain’s Story Worksheet

Reimagine a Fairy Tale Villain Worksheet

Five Russian Fairytale Characters to Inspire Creative Writing (with Writing Prompts)

Why I Love Fairy Tales and My Top Tips for Writing Your Own: a piece I wrote for Just Imagine Story Centre.

Reimagining Fairy Tale Villains: a writing starter I devised for Just Imagine Story Centre.

Other Resources and Links:

Q & A with Sophie Anderson

Fifteen Russian Fairy Tales and What They Mean to Me (The House with Chicken Legs Blog Tour Pieces collated in one document)

Five Fairy Tales that Smash Stereotypes: a piece I wrote for Waterstones Blog

The Importance of Fairy Tales, and Five Top Tips for Sharing Them: a piece I wrote for National Share a Story Month / Federation of Children’s Book Groups

7 enchanting children’s books based on fairy tales: a piece I wrote for BookTrust

A blog post by James Mayhew, inspired by The House with Chicken Legs, bursting with references to wonderful Russian art, music and stories.

I have a few pinterest boards, mostly of fairy tale artwork.

I have a few playlists on YouTube, including a selection of Baba Yaga inspired music.

The 1964 Russian film Morozco (found on YouTube) has a comical scene 44 minutes into the movie where the hero Ivan meets Baba Yaga and her house. 53 minutes in Baba Yaga gives Ivan a coat and magic sleigh, and at 1.10 Baba flies in her mortar and pestle.

Baba Yaga Has Tea with Kostchai the Deathless: a poem by Jane Yolen.

Domovoi and Kikimora: A wordless 5 minute animation made by University students, inspired by Slavic house spirits.