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SASHA’S MATRIOSHKA DOLLS by Jana Dillon

SASHA’S MATRIOSHKA DOLLS

By Jana Dillon (Author) , Deborah Nourse Lattimore (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: May 6th, 2003
ISBN: 0-374-37387-6
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Nesting dolls have a rich history, in Russia, dating from the 19th century. Dillon’s literary legend explains the origin of the tiny matrioshkas (“little mothers”). After Sasha’s rag doll is chewed to shreds by mice, her grandfather—a box maker—carves his young granddaughter a tiny doll. To keep the doll safe from the mice (and the Tsar’s Calvary), he carves a slightly larger doll-shaped box until there are seven dolls one inside the other. When the townspeople see Sasha playing with her “matrioshka dolls” many request a set of seven for themselves. Grandfather has never known such prosperity. 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. An author’s note provides a brief historical perspective. A delightful tale destined to delight readers and collectors of the charming carvings. (Picture book. 3-8)