Matreshka, by Becky Hickox Ayres (1992)

In Matreshka a young girls little wooden doll saves her life when she is captured by Baba Yaga.

SUMMARY
When Kata receives Matreshka [a Russian nesting doll] as a gift in exchange for a good deed, she simply slips the little wooden doll into her apron pocket and continues on her errand. Who could guess that Matreshka is anything more than an ordinary toy? But no long after, a horrid winter storm strikes. Kata’s near-frozen feet take her to the door of a strange-looking house on chicken legs. An old woman with long, bony fingers lets her in, and Kata Quickly realizes that she is now the prisoner of Baba Yaga, a terrible witch. Luckily, Kata is not really alone. A tiny voice from her pocket cries, “Let me out,” and the ingenious magic of Matreshka begins to unfold. (Dust jacket flap)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Becky Hickox Ayres has written two other books for children: Victoria Flies High, a picture book illustrated by Robin Koontz, and Salt Lake City, a work of nonfiction. She lives in Oregon with her family.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Alexi Natchev has illustrated many books for children and adults in his native Bulgaria, including Tale of Urso Brunov: Little Father of All Bears. He is also a printmaking and has been a professor of drawing at the Academy of Arts in Sofia. He lives in Idaho with his family.

PUBLISHED
Published in 1992 by Doubleday Book for Young Readers .

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