The Littlest Matryoshka

The Littlest Matryoshka Nina the smallest of a group of Russian nesting dolls is separated from her sisters and swept along on a dangerous journey that eventually brings her back home

  • Title: The Littlest Matryoshka
  • Author: Corinne Demas Bliss Kathryn Brown
  • ISBN: 9780786801534
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nina, the smallest of a group of Russian nesting dolls, is separated from her sisters and swept along on a dangerous journey that eventually brings her back home.

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    1. Looking at this book, my mind immediately cast back to this Sesame Street clip from my childhood, which always fascinated me. The story is gentle and fairy tale-like, with soft watercolor illustrations and a dreamlike sensibility. The only difficulty I had was trying to figure out exactly what time period in which this story is set. With the steamer ship, the toy shop, and most of the clothing, I at first assumed it was set at the turn of the 20th century. Then there appeared a truck with the bu [...]

    2. Jade got this book as a gift with a set of the dolls, fun for any girl. I love to read the story to my girls though, of each of the sisters nestling inside each other"anna inside olga, and olga inside varka, and varka inside vanda, and vanda inside nadia and nadia inside nina". I also love the end when the little girl in the story sets the dolls in a circle. It is very sweet. I hope that my little ones will keep each other safe like these sisters.

    3. Sweet little story; reminds me of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Tin Soldier, minus the love interest and sad ending.

    4. Loved this book! I bought it to read to my four year old niece. I was a bit concerned it wouldn't hold her attention, but she loved it as much as I did. Thanks, Pam, for recommending it!!

    5. Book level 3.2 ( I couldn't find a rating for this book anywhere so I made an educated guess!) This book details the story of the littleest doll on the Russian stacking set of dolls. She gets separated from her "family" but somehow makes her way back to her family. I would use this as a mentor text in a classroom when talking about idea as this book has a logical plot to follow. I would also use this book as a mentor text in multicultural education as an example of important symbols and toys to [...]

    6. I might not be able to pronounce "matryoshka", but I love the dolls anyway. This story was a little funny, very sweet, and had a good point: being a doll with a painted smile, unmovable arms, and unmovable legs is difficult.

    7. I got this book from my grandpa when I was probably around nine, and the dolls to go with it! I loved the book, and the dolls.

    8. this is one of my favorite books! I like it because the cat rescues the littlest Matroyshka from getting eaten by a little squirl. I love having the dolls that go with the story because even when I go on vacation and forget to bring the book and I bring the Matryoshkas they remind me of the storybook. It is Nina goes inside nadia, nadia goes inside vanda, and vanda goes inside varka, and varka goes inside olga, and olga goes inside anna. That's all six of them. Mom had them backwards. I know how [...]

    9. It's a story about six nesting dolls who've been created by a doll maker. Each doll had a name and they all were sisters. There was Nina, the youngest, Nadia, Vanda, Varka, Olga, and Anna, the oldest. When the dolls were placed in a shop, Nina, the littlest, was accidentally knocked from the shelf. She went through various adventures as she tried to reconnect with her sisters (matryoshky) as they were bought by a girl. This would be a good book to read when teaching the students about the Russia [...]

    10. The Littlest Matryoshka is the story of a set of six nesting dolls, mad in Russia, who travel over the ocean to America, where the other dolls are separated from the smallest doll. Fortunately, however, all comes to a happy end when they are bought by a little girl who eventually finds the other doll and the set is complete once again.This would be a god book to use when discussing how goods are traded between countries, traditional toys/items in other countries, and how ideas are passed from on [...]

    11. I love matryoshka dolls, and I really liked this story about them. This books starts with their creation, and follows their journey from a Russian toymaker to a little girl in America. I'm often intrigued by handcrafted items and wonder about their story - who created them and where they lived. I have a mask from New Zealand and a boomerang from Australia, and sometimes I look at them and contemplate their journey. I think this would be a great book to read, and then bring in handcrafted items t [...]

    12. This heart-warming story is about the journey of matryoshka sisters Nina, Nadia,Vanda, Varka, Olga,and Anna.These sisters are hand made dolls who are shipped from Russia to America. The smallest sister is accidently swept off the edge of a shelf. While her other sisters find their way into the hands of a caring new owner. This old- fashioned story is a testament to the power of sisterly love. This story also explores Russia's native culture and folk traditions. How will Nina ever be reunited wit [...]

    13. The Littlest Matryoshka tells the story of Nina, the smallest doll in a matryoshka set who gets split up from her companions. The story depicts her struggles in reuniting with her family. The story is cute and easy to follow; the art is lovely. Though not a child when I read this, I was a Russian studies minor in college, so I especially appreciated the author's note summarizing the historical aspects of Russian matryoshka dolls.This is a cute read that I'm sure I'll share with the kids I babysi [...]

    14. This book is awesome. We have matryoshkas, and once lost the littlest one for many many months before finding her again - thanks to A (just like in the book)! Also, I love the idea of sisters keeping each other safe. So glad we bought this one to own! 2/20/14Reread 2/29/16 Still such an amazing book! It will never go out of style at our house.cially now that A collects matryoshkas!!

    15. I read this to my children. They enjoyed the illustrations and the story of the little matryoshka who gets lost and then finds her way back to her sisters. My 9 year old asked if she could maybe get matryoshka dolls after hearing this story. Since her Christmas list is very short this year, we may be looking for some matryoshka dolls for her.

    16. I enjoy matrioshkas and have several and therefore read this title. It is an okay story. The two good points are, the first page describing the doll maker in Russia making the matrioshka that becomes the story character and the author's full page note describing the history of them. The author's note is an excellent summation of the origins and development of the craft.

    17. I found this book in Juneau, AK while looking at a gift shop's matryoshka dolls for sale. The story is a cute story about the littlest doll getting lost from her sisters but finds her way back to the rest of the nesting dolls.

    18. A story about a set of nesting dolls that are made in Russia and then shipped to America. When the littlest nesting doll is lost, the rest of the set is sold to a little girl for half price. We follow the adventures of the smallest nesting doll as she finds her way back to her sisters.

    19. A beautiful, sweet story about a family of matryoshka dolls and a little girl who falls in love with them. In the spirit of Pam Conrad's The Tub People, there is an adventure to be had---with a happy conclusion. A lovely book.

    20. A little long for my 2.5 year old, but a cute story. We only got through half before she lost interest. Will have to try again when she is older.

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