“Her green eyes were sparkling and a soft smile graced her lips. ‘Dearest Sadko, at last we can be together. For years I have thrilled to the music you have played on the shore.’ But her mother, the Sea Queen, leaned over and told the musician sadly: ‘If you but once kiss or embrace her, you can never return to your city again…’ ”
From “The Sea King’s Daughter,” retold by Aaron Shepherd and illustrated by Gennady Spirin.
Text and image source: Edmund Dulac https://www.facebook.com/189134157844043/posts/3027813423976088/