Hear me please!
Oh dear mother!
I have become a slave in my father's house! "
Notes: This story has some parallels with both the Grimm version and the Chinese version, Yeh Shen. With Ash Maiden, the traditional story from Germany it shares:
- tree on grave of mother
- bird in tree
- use of knife to cut feet (here, of the chicken)
- rhymes to invoke magic
- step mother kills animal helper
- bones of this animal retain magic
- girl visits the home of the wise woman/witch/spirit
- colorful chickens with rainbow feathers, as in Talking Eggs
- gifts come indirectly from remains of animal helper (in Talking Eggs from the egg shells, here from the tree that haas sprouted from the planted chicken feet).
- A pig is featured, though here as a hindrance, where in Smoky Mountain Rose it was a friend.
1. Look at the globe.
2. Find the Phillipines.
3. Find Russia.
4. Find France.
5. Find Germany.
6. Find the United States.