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The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend

by Aaron  Shepard, reteller
Illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Published by Atheneum, 1997
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-80759-7

Ages 8 - 11

Sadko was a popular musician in the river port city of Novgorod, where he felt fortunate to go to a feast every day, play the music he loved on his gusli and watch a whole room dancing. More than anything, he loved Novgorod, "the richest and most free in all Russia." Even so, Sadko was poor, and because he was poor he was lonely. However, one day Sadko's life changed. Travelling with new riches to the ocean bottom, he became betrothed to the daughter of royalty. Ultimately Sadko would have to choose between his bride at the sea bottom and his beloved Novgorod. Spirin's exquisitely detailed, elaborately dramatic period illustrations were rendered in watercolor and colored pencil; they perfectly complement the handsome book design and spirit of this expertly retold Russian tale. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology and Traditional Literature (GMK; Dec 9)  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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