THE SCARLET FLOWER
Sergej Aksakov, Galja Zin’ko (Illustrations)
Galja Zin'ko (Галя Зинько) is a young painter and illustrator living in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She has illustrated some classic fairy tales in Russian edition as The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen, Little Red Riding Hood and Thumbelina.
Before embarking on a trip abroad, a father asks his three daughters what they would like to receive as a gift upon his return. The requests are very special ... The youngest daughter does not want expensive clothes or jewelry, but only a small scarlet flower found in the garden of the terrible forest beast. When her father's attempts to grant this wish and gets in danger, then his most beloved daughter agrees to become herself the prisoner of the terrible beast in order to save her father's life. But the forest beast is not what one would expect, and a strange courtship begins ... until the young woman's love turns the monster into a handsome prince.