"Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, lived the great ruler Tsar Vasilyi. He had three sons, and the youngest was named Ivan-Tsarevitch.
"The Tsar's greatest pride was his garden, filled with exotic trees, and in the center of this garden was the prize of his kingdom: a tree with golden apples."
The Tale of the Firebird
Retold and Illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Translated by Tatiana Popova
In the Forests of Serre by Patricia A. McKillip incorporates parts of the Firebird tale and makes a nice side-by-side reading with The Tale of the Firebird by Gennady Spirin.
In the Forests of Serre
Patricia A. McKillip
Cover illustration by Kinuko Y. Craft
Ace Trade Reprint Edition June 1, 2004