Ink, colored pencil on bristol board
©2006 Debi Cady
This illustration is based on a Nanai folktale called "Aioga". I first read it while studying Russian in high school (the Nanai are a Siberian people), and it is now one of my favorite stories. It's about a very pretty, but not so nice girl, who is very vain and very lazy. Whenever her mother asks her to help with something, Aioga makes up some lame excuse about how she can't because she might hurt her hands or whatever. The little neighbor girl ends up helping instead. In the end, Aioga's mother makes pancakes, and when Aioga asks for one, she tells her she might burn her hands, so she can't have it, and she gives it to the neighbor girl instead. Aioga sees the girl eating her pancake, gets really angry, starts yelling and flapping her arms, and ends up turning into a goose. There's more to it, but just so you get an idea of it.