Most Baba Yagas are fierce and frightening, going down in legends as terrible child-snatchers. But this Baba Yaga is not like the others. She is lonely in her woods, and as she watches the people of the nearby villages, she realizes that what she longs for the most is to have a grandchild and be part of the village. She decides to disguise her self as a babushka, putting on a shawl and scarf to cover her long ears. When she enters the village, nobody recognizes her, and when she approaches the group of babushkas with their grandchildren, they welcome her and give her a place. Then at last, she gets her heart’s wish- for there is a child with no babushka to take care of him while his mother works, and Baba Yaga readily agrees to become his babushka. Baba Yaga’s love for little Victor grows, but so do rumors around the village of a fierce baba yaga who lives in the woods. Baba Yaga knows that she cannot hide who she is forever, and decides to leave before she is discovered. But when Baba Yaga saves Victor from death by wolves, the villagers rejoice and welcome her back into the village, this time not disguised, but as Babushka Baba Yaga.
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