Masha and the Firebird (Folk Tales)

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Masha’s mother sells eggs at market, and Masha loves to paint their smooth shells. One day, deep in the forest, Masha meets the magical Firebird, guardian of the eggs of the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. The Firebird asks Masha to paint its eggs so that they blend with the elements, hiding them from the vicious witch, Baba Yaga. At first, the plan works well, but Baba Yaga finally gets her hands on the last egg, and Masha sets off on an amazing journey to find it. This poetic tale features the Firebird’s magical poem in English and Russian, along with suggestions to inspire children to paint their own eggs.

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Margaret Bateson-Hill is a professional storyteller in schools, museums, and libraries. She is the author of Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain and Shota and the Starquilt. Anne Wilson blends collage and other printing methods in her work. She is the illustrator of Growing Good.

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Ages 4-8. Set in Russia, this original fairy tale blends elements of the Firebird legend and traditional European folktales into a winning story about a talented, brave girl. Masha helps support her family by selling her brilliantly painted eggs. In the forest, she meets the Firebird, who asks her to protectively camouflage its eggs with her beautiful designs. She conceals the eggs of earth, water, and sky, hiding each in its natural environment. But the last egg, the egg of the Firebird itself, disappears. When Masha learns that Baba Yaga has stolen it, she travels to the witch's house, which burns in a dramatic, mystical battle, with a new Firebird emerging from the ashes. Wilson's illustrations are wildly imaginative and richly hued, although the colors and style have a dated, 1970s' feel. The language is beautiful and the telling graceful, making this a natural for reading aloud, especially during Easter, and for folktale units. Practical ideas for egg decoration conclude. Gillian Engberg
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