Mascha and the Bear

Mascha and the Bear

A Folk Tale from Russia
for young adults & adults
Ages 14+

Re-told and Illustrated by Renate Wacker

This unpretentious folk tale has a new setting – the wood resembles a suburb, the bear becomes a hunter and trapper. Mascha goes out into the forest to gather berries, but she gets lost and held captive at the bear’s hut.

The bear is unwilling to let her leave, until at last she manages to free herself, relying on her own powers and wit. The layers of meaning remind us that we’ve all been held captive, that we’ve all had our bears…

Renate Wacker’s intriguing illustrations discover the power of fable and dream worlds, the extraordinary in the ordinary.


  • Plague at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava (BIB) 2015
  • German Design Award – Nominee 2015
  • Honoured by the Joseph-Binder-Award Jury
  • Award by the Federal State of Saxonia 2014, 3rd place (Sächsischer Staatspreis für Design)
  • White Ravens 2014
  • e.o. Plauen-Advancement Award 2013

Look inside

ISBN: 978-3-942795-14-2
Format: 17.5 x 26 cm
Length: 48 pp.
DOP: October 2013
Price: 20 €

Hardcover with cloth spine