The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Alexander Pushkin

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Betrayed by her jealous sisters, a Tsarina and her infant son are marooned on a barren island until a magical swan helps them regain their rightful heritage.
 

About Alexander Pushkin

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Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin, one of Russian's greatest poets, was born in Moscow on June 6, 1799. He studied Latin and French literature at the Lyceum. Pushkin was often in conflict with the government and was kept under surveillance for much of his later life. He was also exiled for a period of time. His works include Eugene Onegin and Ruslan and Ludmila. Pushkin died on February 10, 1837 in St. Petersburg of a wound received during a duel protecting the honor of his wife. GENNADY SPIRIN " has illustrated numerous books, which have been published in both his native Europe and the United States. He lives in New Jersey.
 
Published January 1, 1978 by Progress Publishers, Moscow,. 20 pages
Genres: Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Interactive features seem thrown in as afterthoughts, but ornately detailed new illustrations in a pre-Soviet-era style give this edition of a classic Russian short story some visual interest.

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The text becomes particularly confusing when the son of the tsar's wife marries a ``tsar's daughter,'' without offering readers a clue as to how the word tsar is used.

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Pushkin's fairy tale gleams with magic and wonder, and Spirin (The Frog Princess) mirrors his countryman's sensibility, his enchanted watercolors once again displaying the breathtaking delicacy of spun gold.

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