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The Magic Apple

by Corinne Demas

Illustrated by Alexi Natchev

Published by Golden Books
Spring, 2002

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          Stella's magic apple doesn't seem quite as exciting as Ella's magic spyglass or Bella's magic horse. But when the sisters try to rescue a sick prince, they must use all their magic to save him.

          The Magic Apple is based on a Jewish folktale. It illustrates the belief that to perform the best "mitzvah" ( a worthy deed), you must give of yourself or give up something of your own. The traditional story was passed down by storytellers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and is still told today.

How to Get This book:

1. Ask for it at your local library.
If they don't have it, they may be able to get it for you from another library.

2. Order it on-line.

About the Illustrator

        Alexi Natchev is an illustrator and a printmaker. He moved to the United States from his native Bulgaria with his wife and son in 1990. In Bulgaria he taught figure drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. In the United States he taught illustration at the School of Fine Arts, University of Connecticut , and is now teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. He's illustrated more than fifty children's books including Night of the Goat Children, Harmonica Night, A Wagonload of Fish, and Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly. His newest book illustration project, coming in September, 2003, is The Tale of Urso Brunov by Brian Jacques.
       The illustrations for The Magic Apple are watercolor outlined in pen and ink.


         Three sisters, Ella, Bella, and Stella, return from their travels with, respectively, a magic spyglass, a magic horse, and a magic apple. The spyglass and horse bring the three to a dying prince's bedside; then slices of the apple revive him, earning his hand and half the kingdom for one sister--but which? Natchev garbs his figures in colorful eighteenth-century dress and follows Demas' lead in keeping the sisters friends rather than competitors; when the prince makes his choice, the other two happily accede, and the stage is set for an apple-pie wedding feast.

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