Masha and the Firebird by Margaret Bateson Hill
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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.

About Margaret Bateson Hill

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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.
Published October 1, 2000 by Zero To Ten. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this original story modeled on traditional Eastern European folktales, a young egg painter is enlisted by the Firebird to disguise the four Eggs of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire so that Baba Yaga cannot find them.

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