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Line drawings and watercolors in bright, glowing, jewel-toned colors show the magnificent flying ship and the landscapes and onion domes of Russia. In this old Russian tale, the scorned and foolish younger son of peasants overcomes tremendous obstacles and wins the hand of the czar's daughter.
Long ago, so the Nigerian folktale says, the Sun and Water were friends and lived on Earth together. When Sun invites Water to visit, the resulting flood forces them into the sky. Elaborately stylized African motifs and traditional patterns are used throughout the book.