Sasha's Matrioshka Dolls
Publication Date: May 2003
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A sweet confection about the first nesting dolls
In old Moscow live a girl named Sasha and her grandfather, a boxmaker. One day Sasha’s rag doll is eaten by mice. Her loving grandfather sets out to make her a doll that is impervious to mice, rats, cats, and even the Tsar’s cavalry. What can it be but seven carved wooden dolls nestled together to form one thumbling doll – the first matrioshka, or “little mother.”
How Sasha’s grandfather comes to make the doll is at the heart of this warm intergenerational story, lavishly illustrated in brilliant watercolors and colored pencils.
Jana Dillon is the author and/or illustrator of eight books for children, including Jeb Scarecrow’s Pumpkin Patch. She lives in Canton, Massachusetts.
Deborah Nourse Lattimore has written and/or illustrated over thirty books for children, among them The Winged Cat: A Tale of Ancient Egypt. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
"Dillon's literary legend explains the origin of the tiny matrioshkas [nesting dolls]...Lattimore's use of watercolors and colored pencils is masterful. Her exquisite illustrations, dominated by folk art motifs and glorious colors, are reminiscent of Old Russia...A delightful tale destined to delight readers and collectors of the charming carvings." --Kirkus Reviews
"Dillon crafts an imaginative and touching fable...The plot is clever and the topic has automatic appeal for doll lovers. What may be most striking, however, are the insight and nuance Dillon brings to the relationship between Boxer and Sasha...A most satisfying tale." --Publisher's Weekly