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 the mare's help, Alexi becomes the Tsar's best huntsman, but then the jealous Tsar presents him with several impossible tasks.

Author Notes:
This story is based on elements from a number of traditional Russian fairy tales, including "The Firebird, the Horse of Power and Vasilissa," "The Humpbacked Pony," and "Tzarevich Ivan and Grey Wolf." The ending has an original twist.

Reviews:
"Sanderson's illustrations, rendered in oil on convas and recalling the painterly style of the old masters, revel in the rich decoration of traditional Russian architechture and costume." - School Library Journal "Sanderson has combined motifs from several Russian fairytales and illustrated them with sumptuous oils likewise full of Russian themes, splendid colors and textures, and wonderful figures that might be portraits in their versimilitude." - Kirkus"

Publisher: Little, Brown, 2001
ISBN: 9780316769068

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