How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Clausby Gail Buyske, Natasha Voronina
Santa Claus is overworked one year and writes for help to his friend Father Frost, the Russian Santa. Santa Claus asks whether Frost's granddaughter and helper, the Snow Maiden, could come to the North Pole and pitch in. Father Frost agrees and sends the Snow Maiden to the North Pole with a nesting doll (a matryoshka) to remind her of her home in Russia. Playing with the doll consoles the Snow Maiden as she worries that she is not being enough help to Santa. When the littlest piece of the doll is lost, her woes are worsened and she despairs of being "only a little girl." When the piece is found, Santa also finds the perfect gift he needed for this year's Christmas. And the Snow Maiden learns a lesson in being herself.
This is a cross-cultural Christmas tale of a child's self-discovery with introductions to folk characters, traditions, and a bit of language of a far-away country. A pronunciation guide is included: The Snow Maiden's Russian name, Sne-GUR-och-ka, is a guaranteed giggle.
Nancy Garhan Attebury
- Vernissage Press, LLC
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.00(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)
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This educational book combines charming Christmas characters from Russia with the usual North Pole gang, a bit of suspense, and a simple lesson I'm happy for my 3- year-old to read for years to come. The detailed folkart illustrations captured her from the first reading.
this is an exquisitely illustrated russian christmas tale--perfect for any family who has adopted a russian child, or any family with kids. Would make a nice package with a set of nesting dolls.