Pirotta, Saviour Firebird. Paintings by Catherine Hyde. $18.99. PICTURE BOOK. Content, PG. Based on the Russian ballet, Firebird. A firebird is caught eating King Vaslav’s precious apples, so his youngest son sets out on a journey to bring back the firebird. King Vaslav promised his son that he can own half of his kingdom if he returns with the bird. After sacrificing his horse to a wolf, the youngest son, Prince Ivan is taken by the wolf to the firebird. Because Prince Ivan doesn’t take just the firebird, but greedily tries to take the all-gold cage the bird is in, King Dormant who owns the firebird catches Ivan. King Dormant sends Ivan on a journey to bring him a horse with a golden mane from the next kingdom over, but Ivan is caught by King Afron. King Afron promises to let Ivan go if he will go to the next kingdom and bring back a beautiful woman there. When Ivan gets the woman from that kingdom he falls in love with her and has to use trickery to get out of his other obligations. Fascinating story. Excellent paintings that don’t just illustrate the story, but actually make you feel the story. Amazing experience to read. EL, MS & HS-ESSENTIAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.