The Magic Nesting Doll by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

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Katya's grandmother took a little matryoshka, a nesting doll, out of a small box. "If your need is great, open the doll and help will come. But you may only do so three times. After that the magic will be gone." A wicked spell has changed a handsome young prince to a pale glassy figure made of "living ice," and his kingdom to a frozen landscape of night without moon, darkness without dawn. Katya knows that it's up to her to rescue the prince and undo the evil spell that has banished the sun. Armed with only the magic nesting doll and her own valiant heart, she is determined to succeed. But will the combined effort of her courage and the mysterious nesting doll be strong enough to prevail? Laurel Long's radiant paintings and Jacqueline K. Ogburn's enchanting original tale were inspired by Russian folk art and stories. This talented duo has created a modern classic that honors its folklore heritage while depicting a world in which a girl can be anything, including a hero.

About Jacqueline K. Ogburn

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Ogburn grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. Her hobbies include renovating a seventy-year-old house where she lives with her husband Den Deahl and young daughters Claire and Emily. Long is a graduate of Syracuse University with a master's degree in fine arts. She is currently a professor of art at California State University, Northridge.
Published September 1, 2000 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This beautifully designed and illustrated book will appeal to all who enjoy lavishly illustrated and well-told fairy tales.

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When a girl arrives in a city under a wicked spell, she needs the help of a nesting doll bequeathed to her from her dying grandmother to break the enchantment.

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As Katya's grandmother lies dying, she bequeaths Katya a magic matryoshka, or Russian nesting doll, and tells her that she may open it three times in an hour of need.

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From that moment on, The Tsar banned all hunting of bears, wolves and firebirds, which were the symbols used to awaken him inside each of the nesting dolls, and Katya kept the nesting doll in a special place of honor.

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