The Sea King's Daughter: A Russian Legend

by Aaron Shepard and Gennady Spirin

Sadko was a popular musician in the river port city of Novgorod, where he felt fortunate... read more

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, Athe 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. (Ages 8-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997

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