Firebird

Firebird

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by Demi
     
 

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Bring me the Firebird, or I swear by my sword, your head will no longer sit upon your shoulders!

A retelling of a popular Russian folktale

Demi's retelling captures the charm and drama of this favorite Russian folktale, while her lavish, gilded illustrations vividly evoke the grand setting and daring adventures.

Overview

Bring me the Firebird, or I swear by my sword, your head will no longer sit upon your shoulders!

A retelling of a popular Russian folktale

Demi's retelling captures the charm and drama of this favorite Russian folktale, while her lavish, gilded illustrations vividly evoke the grand setting and daring adventures.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"[Firebird] stands out as a luxurious example of fine bookmaking and equally fine storytelling."—School Library Journal

"Readers will be captivated by this superb retelling of a classic Russian folktale."—Booklist

Publishers Weekly
According to PW, "Demi adopts a formal style for this opulent version of the famous Russian folktale, echoing the fine craft of cloisonne and the intricacies of Faberge in her gilded illustrations." Ages 6-10. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Demi adopts a formal style for this opulent version of the famous Russian folktale, echoing the fine craft of cloisonn and the intricacies of Faberg in her gilded illustrations. The surfeit of visual riches helps carve out a niche for the book amongst the recent spate of retellings of this tale of the feckless archer Dimitri who, with the help of his magic Horse of Power, captures the Firebird and embarks on a chain of ever more difficult quests that culminate in his own transformation into a prince (see also Rachel Isadora's Firebird, reviewed above). Demi's many fans will recognize the hallmarks of her art: meticulous attention to detail (historical, natural and architectural), fluidity of line and, above all, an unrepentant taste for luxury. Ages 6-10. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-A lush, appealing adaptation of a popular folktale. When Dimitri finds a feather from the fabled Firebird, evil Tsar Ivan orders him to capture the bird. He is also commanded to fetch the beautiful fairy princess Vassilissa, to retrieve her wedding dress from a golden cask at the bottom of the sea, and eventually to jump into a vat of boiling water. In the end, Tsar Ivan gets what he deserves and Dimitri wins Vassilissa's hand in marriage. In an afterword, Demi acknowledges the influence of Alexander Afanasiev and Arthur Ransome upon her retelling. Her version conveys the magic of Russian folklore, and her pen-and-ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations are extraordinary. The myriad small details will fascinate young readers, making this an ideal book to share one-on-one or in small groups. Although several excellent versions of this folktale have been published recently-e.g., Bernard Lodge's Prince Ivan and the Firebird (Whispering Coyote, 1993) and Selina Hastings's The Firebird (Candlewick, 1993)-Demi's stands out as a luxurious example of fine bookmaking and equally fine storytelling.-Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805078114
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
05/01/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.96(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Demi is the author and illustrator of more than one hundred books for children, including The Empty Pot. She lives in Carnation, Washington.

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