Illustrated by Gennady Spirin. A warm hearted boy named Alyosha saves the life of his beloved little black hen and is taken to a mysterious underground kingdom of little people. Nothing will ever be the same when his reward lures him to break a special promise that brings about disastrous consequences. The Little Black Hen is one of the most loved fairy tales in Russia. World renowned painter Gennady Spirin's glowing illustrations bring to life this classic tale retold for a new generation.' - Elizabeth James'