How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Foreward Magazine
"The illustrations...create an authentic look for this appealing, old-fashioned story that any child will love."
Publishers Weekly
In How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus by Gail Buyske, illus. by Natasha Voronina, colleagues Father Frost (at the "Russian North Pole") and Santa Claus agree that young Snow Maiden will pinch-hit for a called-away Mrs. Claus; as a result, children will be receiving replicas of the girl's favorite toy, nesting dolls or matryoshka, in their stockings. Readers will enjoy Voronina's nifty wood-burning-technique paintings. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When Santa Claus needs extra help to pull off his regular Christmas duties, Father Frost, the Russian Santa, is glad to help. Father Frost sends his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden, to Santa's workshop. She takes along a nesting doll (a matryoshka) to hold onto some of her Russian heritage and to comfort her in a new place. She is a good helper even though she does not have much confidence in how well she is helping. In the end, her influence helps Santa choose nesting dolls as the perfect gift to give. The tale is intriguing and well told. It presents a Russian tale in an entertaining manner and thereby offers readers and listeners the opportunity to learn about a different country. Charming, detailed illustrations are made by wood-burning and matryoshka painting. They enhance the story. As an overall package, this book is a winner and it will be read over and over again. 2005, Vernissage, Ages 3 up.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972502740
  • Publisher: Vernissage Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2005

    An engaging Christmas tale with Russian folk customs

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    wonderful book

    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.

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