The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring
retold and illustrated by Ruth Sanderson
published 2016 • 8.5" x 11" • 32 pages • full-color
ISBN 9781566560795 • hardback • $17.95 •
A BEAUTIFUL RETELLING OF THE CLASSIC RUSSIAN FOLKTALE WITH LAVISH FULL-COLOR OIL PAINTINGS
Winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award
Brave deeds and wondrous magic come together in this tale based on classic Russian folklore. A young huntsman named Alexi leaves home seeking adventure and fortune. Instead, he finds the Golden Mare, who pledges eternal loyalty in exchange for sparing her life. With mare’s help, Alexi become the Tsar’s best huntsman, but then the jealous Tsar presents him with several impossible tasks, threatening to have him killed if he fails. Each time, Alexi secretly enlists the help of the Gloden Mare—and succeeds. But his final task is to win Yelena the Fair, a lovely young maiden whom the old Tsar wants as his bride. Will Alexi be able to use his own powers to save himself and Yelena?
Ruth Sanderson is the highly acclaimed illustrator of over 75 books for children. Her fairy tale retellings include The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Rose Red and Snow White, Cinderella, and The Snow Princess. Her original fairy tale, The Enchanted Wood, won both the Young Hoosier Award and the Bank Street College Award. She lives with her husband in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
“Sanderson’s narrative has a lush, lyrical quality. . . . Her dramatically lit firebird is nothing short of resplendent.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sumptuous oils full of splendid colors and textures, and wonderful figures that might be portraits in their verisimilitude. . . . Brilliantly painted.”
“Rich in color and decorative detail, the oil paintings have a distinctly narrative quality that enhances the book.”
“A handsome addition to fairy-tale shelves.”
—School Library Journal
Crocodile Books, USA
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