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Bring me the Firebird, or I swear by my sword, your head will no longer sit upon your shoulders!

A retelling of a popular Russian folktale

Demi's retelling captures the charm and drama of this favorite Russian folktale, while her lavish, gilded illustrations vividly evoke the grand setting and daring adventures.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Owlet Paperbacks (first published May 1st 1994)
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I have actually first heard of this tale from Rabbit Ears’ version of The Firebird which was narrated by Susan Sarandon, but now I have finally stumbled upon Demi’s version of the classic Russian folktale, “The Firebird.” “The Firebird” is about a young archer named Dimitri who finds a firebird feather and goes on an adventure of a lifetime in fulfilling the Tsar’s greedy needs! “The Firebird” is a truly wonderful classic folktale that children everywhere will love for many years!!

I am a huge fa...more
May 06, 2009 Kathryn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Demi fans, those looking for versions of "Firebird" tale
3.5 STARS. I wanted to like this more than I actually did, since I'm a huge Demi fan. The illustrations are still gorgeous, no doubt about it! But, the story was a little... I don't know... lacking in a "magic" sort of feel to it. (Maybe it was just my mood at the time.) It seemed a bit perfunctory. Even so, Demi fans will still be pleased with the illustrations--and horse lovers will enjoy the inclusion of the Horse of Power.
Gold almost overwhelms the pretty illustrations and, indeed, almost the story itself. The Horse of Power, the only really likable character, and other natural elements such as the lobsters and trees save the book from nonentity. The main character is pretty much a tool (giving the object of your affection drugged wine and carrying her off for a forced marriage with an evil old man is pretty much non-heroic in my book) and Vasilisa in this rendering is kind of a wimp, but the Horse is pretty awes...more
I never knew the story of the Firebird before reading this re-telling by Demi. I knew of the Firebird suite by Stravinsky, but never knew the story itself. It's a wonderful Russian Folk tale where everybody (good) seems to live happily ever after. What is most striking is the incredible use of gold leaf throughout the illustrations--reflects the fact very well through the illustrations that it is a Russian folk tale.
Aug 19, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
Shelves: 2009, childrens, russia
This is another great book by Demi; a classic folktale with Demi's inimitable and intricate illustrations. A great story to read aloud to older children. We really enjoyed reading this book together.
The Firebird is folklore for primary to intermediate readers. The Firebird is about a boy named Dimitri who is ordered to find a firebird by an evil Tsar, in Russia, after finding the bird’s feather. Dimitri eventually captures the Firebird with the help of his magical horse. This is a fascinating tale; however, I only gave the book four stars because of the illustrations. If not for the illustrations, I would have given the book three stars. The illustrations are bright, shiny, and magical…they...more
Julia Miller
This beautiful picture book has striking illustrations styled to resemble Russian folk art. Limned in gold, each picture is stimulating and fascinating, inviting closer study. It reflects the styling of illuminated texts and honors the origin of the folktale it accompanies. The story itself follows a fairly typical Russian folk tale pattern, and is unimpressive, but written decently.

I would consider using this gorgeous book as a lead in to an art project for students between 2nd and 5th grade.
Even though the "young archer" spends a lot of time "weeping bitterly" and the "Horse of Power" has a bit of a monopoly on common sense, Firebird was a fairly decent retelling. The illustrations, however, left a lot to be desired: apart from highly stylized onion domes and the characters' clothing, nothing of Russia's art or culture really comes across. Demi certainly has a particular style, but I think that style would hardly have been compromised by a bit more Russian flavor.
This is another beautiful Demi book with gold embossing. The Firebird is a Russian tale about a girl engaged to marry an elderly, cruel Tsar. She figures out tasks that a young nobleman must achieve before she will consent to marry the Tsar but the Tsar is not the object of attraction.
This book has a lot of imagination. My favorite part was when the archer got the hand of princess Vasillisa and the part of the story when his horse of power told him not to take the firebird's feather.
Magical, ancient Russian folktale, with captivating illustrations. Breakfast book club, 2nd grade.
Didn't like this version of the story that much. Also not a favorite tale either.
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Demi (September 2, 1942) born Charlotte Dumaresq Hunt, is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator. During her career she has published over 300 titles.

Demi was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the great-grand daughter of the American painter William Morris Hunt, and the great-grand niece of architect Richard Morris Hunt. Demi earned her nickname as a young child when her fa...more
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