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2010 Award
Firebird
( as told by Saviour Pirotta/ illus Catherine Hyde, , Candlewick/Templar $18.99 Score: )

The tale of the Firebird is told in many different cultures. Perhaps, the one we are most familiar with is the one portrayed in the Russian ballet with music by Igor Stravinsky. The excellent retelling in this oversized picture book follows an age old folktale tradition. Ivan, the youngest son is considered the one who is least likely to capture the Firebird that is eating his father's golden apples. Yet it is Ivan who persists where his older brothers fail. He does so despite his own greediness and inability to follow rules set forth. So, he faces failures as well, along the way. The paintings in the advanced copy we reviewed are rather dark and lack what we assume will be a golden glow in the final bound books with gold and copper leaf images. 5-8.

Age: Early School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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