I've had a request, via the Storytelling FAQ, from Emmie who is desperate to identify the following Russian fairytale and find the full text. Do you recognise it?
It's about a little girl who was told her mother was dead; however she wasn't dead, she was kidnapped by a wicked witch. The little girl is on a quest to find her mother.
The witch transformed 5 different women to look exactly like the little girl's mother. In order for the girl
to get her mother back, she had to identify which one was her real mother. The woman with tears in her eyes was the real mother, and that's how the little girl was able to identify her. Story ends with the witch freeing the girl's mother, and the two return home.
If you want to contact Emmie directly (she's not on this ning) she's at firstname.lastname@example.org - let her know you're responding to my query. Or just reply here and I'll forward to her.