The Firebird by Julia Gousseva
This is a great story with a wonderful message within that being a good person maybe more beneficial to yourself. If only my neighbour Dieter would listen. In Firebird: Adventure One we first encounter Alex and Katie as they get to go over to Aunt Karina's house, which they assume will be thoroughly boring. How wrong they were! There's a magical painting which is a portal to another land where a firebird lives. They go into this land to fetch a feather that they hope will heal their aunt's leg, unfortunately they disobey their aunt's rules and get into a situation with the grumpy and slightly evil, Baba Yaga. This is a wonderfully told story with a light, descriptive narrative that really makes you feel you're in this magical place. Combined with the moral, this is a great bedtime story. Five stars!
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