The Firebird: Adventure One (Adventures of Alex and Katie, #1)

The Firebird: Adventure One (Adventures of Alex and Katie, #1)

by Julia Gousseva

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BN ID: 2940154347324
Publisher: Julia Gousseva
Publication date: 01/03/2016
Series: Adventures of Alex and Katie , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 640,200
File size: 240 KB
Age Range: 6 - 8 Years

About the Author

Julia Gousseva is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced thrillers, engaging historical fiction, and authenticity that comes from her background growing up in the Soviet Union and witnessing its demise in the early 1990’s. A college professor and a researcher, she is also the author of a series of children’s books that involve an old fireplace, two American kids, and their magical travels into Russian fairy-tales. Julia lives in the American Southwest and loves to hear from readers.

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Firebird: Adventure One 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AvidReader2015 More than 1 year ago
Firebird by Julia-Gousseva is an admirable undertaking, striving to update one of the most fascinating fairytales in literature, and make it accessible to young readers. Framed in the here and now, this is a journey of discovery, starting with two kids, Alex and Katie, coming to spend the summer with their weird relative, aunt Karina. In her house, a door engraved with foxes and bears leads into a musty library, where Katie discovers an old thick book, a book of Russian fairytale. It is here the kids learn about the Firebird. It is a creature of marvel, traditionally described as having majestic plumage that glows ever so brightly. Its feathers are magical, they can heal pain--but they lose their power if captured by force. Here is a great lesson to be learned. Alex, skeptical of the powers of magic, lays his hand on the canvas of a painting, and his hand goes through, which is when he finds himself in the middle of the meadow, looking back at his sister who remains on the other side, in the realm of reality. It is then that he understands that the painting is a portal into a world of adventure. The kids go on a quest, to bring the magical feather to heal Aunt Karina's pain. But first, she warns them of two things: the feather must be given freely by the Firebird, and they must refrain from talking to old ladies, especially the Baba Yaga, the witch who eats children. Will the follow these instructions? Will the survive the journey, and bring back the magical feather? In reading this book, my only reservation is this: when writing flashbacks from a moment in the past to time before that, a writer should make use of the 'past perfect' tense, which help make the distinction between time periods. Overall, having heard many Russian stories in my childhood, I find Firebird enchanting. Five stars.
Mireia_Stone More than 1 year ago
Very real. I love the way she depicted the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gousseva's Firebird One is a wonderful book, reminiscent of C.S. lewis, but very modern and Russian. St the back of an old house lies an old book, a secret door, and Russian fairytales brought to life.
William_O_Brien More than 1 year ago
Firebird: Adventure One Without doubt, Firebird is a wonderfully entertaining story and a must-read for people of all ages with an interest in fantasy. It is a nicely descriptive tale which will draw you inside the pages of this magical book. The characters are strong and well defined- you can't help but walk alongside Alex, Katie and aunt Karina. The author makes you 'want' to go into the house and 'have' to peer inside the old thick book. The story tells and fills the soul with magic and lessons to be learned as the quest progresses. Any fan of The Chronicles of Narnia, Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson will be taken with this mystical book. Gousseva has crafted an amazing variation of a old Russian tale that will encapsulate all children. I can't help but love the cover. The colourful but flat and restrained image inspires any magical read and conveys a number of thoughts to me. Stemming from the most decorative oriental 18th century porcelains and the finest silk embroideries. Such a special 'feel' to the writing and I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone with magic in their heart. A great and well-written tale 5***** A must-read!
Jonny123 More than 1 year ago
Great piece of work. Highly recommended to everyone.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Firebird is based on Russian folk tales. The story is off two young children shuttled off to an elderly aunt while their parents return to Russia to deal with a crisis. The aunt is old and had difficulty moving around so the kids are less than thrilled to be stuck with her and not going to Russia with their parents. They pass the time listening to the folk tale of the Firebird and the magic properties of it’s brilliant feathers. Alex, the elder of the two children, is bored. His attitude changes though when he and his sister, Katie, find a magic portal. Their aunt tells them they can go through the portal but warns them of the dangers. The primary danger is old ladies are not always nice so to avoid them and certainly do not talk to them. Alex and Katie enter the portal and their adventure begins. They have several run ins with a not so nice old lady (Baba Yaga) and meet the firebird. Firebird was a quick story that young children will love. At least my children would have. The story has suspense and a few scary moments but not too scary for the grammar school crowd. I would hesitate for any child younger than five unless they had a good understanding of reality vs fantasy. The production values were good. The narrator Rebecca Lea McCarthy did a nice job with the voices. Alex, the young boy, is distinct from his younger sister, Katie. The aunt is distinct from Baba Yaga. I had no trouble following which character was speaking and I do not think a child would either. Firebird is the first of five adventures Alex and Katie share. If your child enjoyed the Magic Tree House series, this should be right up their alley. The big bonus with this series is exposing your child to the myths and folklore of another culture. If you are Russian, this would be a great starting point for sharing the folktales of your culture. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]