The firebird

by Yolen, Jane.

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale qj FICTION Firebird
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale
 
Call Number  qj FICTION Firebird
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale qj FICTION Firebird
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale
 
Call Number  qj FICTION Firebird
 
 
CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale qj FICTION Firebird
Location  CLP - Main Library
 
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Folk & Fairytale
 
Call Number  qj FICTION Firebird
 
 
CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Folk & Fairytale qj FICTION Firebird
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Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J 398.20947 Y7 PIC
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Summary
In a certain land, in a certain kingdom -- as they say in old Russia -- on the far side of a certain tangled wood, a garden shimmered like a green jewel....

Inside that jewellike garden, an evil wizard named Kostchei the Deathless holds a princess and her nine maidens captive, turning all those who attempt to save them to stone. But help is nearby -- Prince Ivan searching the nearby tangled wood for food, finds the young women and vows to save them. And with some help from the powerful and mischievous Firebird, as well as with much true courage from within, Prince Ivan will slay a horde of demons and Kostchei himself in order to free the damsels.

Jane Yolen's rich, mystical narrative is based on both the well-known Russian folktale and the famous Balanchine/Stravinsky ballet. Enhancing that theme, Vladimir Vagin has created exquisite paintings with a double focus: The folktale takes center stage, while intricate vignettes of the ballet serve as a border. The result is a seamlessly woven multilayered tapestry of story and art that will make this book a treasure for ballet lovers new and old.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 4-8. Past picture-book retellings of this famous Russian story have mostly followed either the plot of the original folktale or of the Balanchine-Stravinsky ballet. Yolen's version, explained in a personal note, combines elements of both. Armed with a magic feather from the Firebird, Prince Ivan battles goblins and evil wizard Kostchei in the enchanted garden and wins the love of the beautiful, captured princess. Yolen offers a dramatic story in language that's spare, immediate, and sprinkled with folksy phrases. It's Vagin's sparkling, gem-colored illustrations that really show the story's two traditions together in split spreads of a fairy-tale world above and ballet scenes drawn below. The result is effective and thought-provoking, much like Loriot's Peter and the Wolf (1986), where Jorg Muller's insets of the orchestra are drawn alongside the story's scenes. Children may want to listen to Stravinsky's music as they pore over the images in this innovative interpretation of a classic tale. Gillian Engberg."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This gracefully structured picture book introduces readers to the famous Firebird ballet (choreographed by George Balanchine to Igor Stravinsky's music) and the Russian folklore that inspired it. Accomplished hunter Prince Ivan becomes lost in a strange, tangled wood where the only living creature is the magnificent Firebird, which he snares. In exchange for her life, the magical bird offers Prince Ivan one of her glorious feathers and a pledge of help if ever he should call upon her. The feather and Firebird serve Prince Ivan well when he battles evil wizard Kostchei the Deathless and frees the maidens imprisoned in Kostchei's garden. Yolen (How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?) crafts her well-paced tale from a variety of sources (listed in an author's note), including her own childhood memory of seeing Firebird danced by Maria Tallchief in 1949. Employing a design that is both stylish and informative, Vagin (The King's Equal) depicts a ballet performance in a panel that runs across the lower portion of each page, while the larger, top portion of the pages contain his dramatic interpretation of the story. From the brilliant, red-plumed Firebird to the sumptuously decorated house of the wizard, Vagin's crisply rendered paintings evoke czarist Russia. The elegant costumes and poses in his ballet scenes may well leave many readers eager to view a live performance. Ages 3-6. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fairy tales.
Folklore -- Russia.
Publisher New York :HarperCollinsPublishers,2002
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Zhar-ptit͡sa.
Contributors Vagin, Vladimir Vasil╩╣evich, 1937-
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN 9780060285395
0060285397 (lib. bdg.)
0060285389
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