Book Size: 8.5" x 11"

Pages: 32

Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781566560795 HB
ISBN: 9781566560665 PB

Imprint: Crocodile Books

Illustrated by: Ruth Sanderson

Illustrations: full-color

Ages: 3 to 8

Release date: 07/10/16


The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring

By • Illustrated by Ruth Sanderson

Paperback $ 8.95 | Hardback $ 17.95

“Sanderson’s narrative has a lush, lyrical quality… Her dramatically lit firebird is nothing short of resplendent.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

About this book

A beautiful retelling of the classic Russian folktale with lavish full-color oil paintings.

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?


About the author

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, The Snow Princess, and The Crystal Mountain. Her original fairy tale, The Enchanted Wood, won both the Young Hoosier Award and the Bank Street College Award. The Texas Bluebonnet Award was given to her retelling of The Golden Mare, The Firebird, and The Magic Ring.

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.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Rich in color and decorative detail, the oil paintings have a distinctly narrative quality that enhances the book.” — Booklist

“A handsome addition to fairy-tale shelves.” — School Library Journal