Sweet, lovely Vasilisa lives with her jealous stepmother and stepsisters on the edge of a dark forest inhabited by the evil witch Baba Yaga. One night the stepmother sends Vasilisa to visit Baba Yaga, an errand from which the gentle girl has little chance of returning alive.
"The palette of red and gold set against a dark background resembles Russian folk-art paintings on black-lacquered wood. The pictures are often dark, and the depiction of Baba Yaga is not for the weakhearted. The use of decorative capital letters, elegant typeface, and small drolleries add to the visual appeal of each page. A stylized and classy offering that's ideal for older picture-book audiences." -- School Library Journal
"The creators of The Twelve Dancing Princesses offer an elaborate interpretation of this Russian folktale, which incorporates elements of Hansel and Gretel as well as the Cinderella story. Craft's paintings...are embellished with florid borders, inset illustrations and fancy dropped-capital letters at the start of the text block on each spread.... this adaptation focuses on the heroine's bravery rather than her beauty, a distinction that may be important to some." -- Publisher's Weekly
|6 - 9
|Kinuko Y. Craft
|May 19, 1994