For immediate release
October 26, 1999
THE LITTLEST MATRYOSHKA
by Corrine Demas Bliss, illustrated by Kathryn Brown
September 1999, Ages 4 Ã‚- 8, 32 pages
SOUTH HADLEY, Massachusetts--The Littlest Matryoshka is the story of a family of Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshka. Sisters, Nina, Nadia, Vanda, Varka, Olga, and Anna, journey from their village in Russia to a toy store in America. But once there, the littlest sister, Nina, is swept off the edge of the shelf. While her older sisters find their way into the hands of a caring new owner, Nina begins a perilous adventure that takes her from the street in front of the toy store, down waterfalls, rivers, and streams. How will Nina ever be reunited with her sisters? This tender story is a testament to the power of sisterly love and a celebration of the cherished matryoshka.
Released last month by Hyperion Books for Children, a part of Disney Publishing Worldwide, The Littlest Matryoshka received a starred review in Booklist. The reviewer wrote that "this picture book was crafted of emotional heart-wood and children will respond to its essential goodness."
Corrine Demas Bliss is an associate professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. Her previous book, Matthew's Meadow, was selected by Woman's Day as one of "The Ten Best Books for Kids." She is also the author of an adult novel and two short story collections.