As with many old Russian fairytales, this story features Vasilisa the Wise when she’s very young. To win her father’s foal back, she matches wits in a riddle competition with the Tsar himself. Increasingly befuddled by her clever answers, he finally demands that she visit him at the palace. But she must come neither dressed nor undressed and neither on foot nor on horseback. She must also bring him a gift that is not a present. It seems impossible, but the seven year old girl does it.