The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring (a picture book by Ruth Sanderson)
Sanderson includes elements from several Russian fairy tales in this colorful picture book for older readers. Alexi, a worthy young man, befriends the magical golden mare, who helps him meet the czar's increasingly unreasonable demands. Together they capture the elusive firebird, bring Yelena the Fair to the palace, and retrieve her magic ring... The story will hold readers' attention. Rich in color and decorative detail, the oil paintings have a distinctly narrative quality that enhances the book.