For youngsters who have giggled and thrilled at the complicated magical doings of bad-tempered, good-hearted Baba Yaga, Miss Ford continues the involved intricate literary tradition of this Russian heroine. The old witch, desperately ill, has lost the key to the magic chest which houses her life-saving secrets. Prince Ivan is having his troubles too. The Tsar will give his daughter's hand in marriage only to the man who can save the silver peaches in his garden from the beak of the thieving Firebird, and Prince Ivan, in love with the Princess, turns to Baba Yaga for help. In quest of the magical key which will put the witch back in business, the Princess and Baba Yaga's brave cat involve themselves in a series of adventures. Despite obstacles, the invocation of a variety of magical folderol carries us to a happy ending. The plot is difficult to follow, but some of the sidetracking events are funny. For 8 to 11 year olds who adore fairy tales and can follow confusing ones.