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It's Only Ink! The Russian Snow Maiden

It's Only Ink!
The Russian Snow Maiden

Did you know that the Santa Claus for Russian children is Father Frost? I didn't either until I read "How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus" by Gail Buyske.
In this magical tale, Santa Claus is overworked; Mrs. Claus is away, and Santa needs a new toy for the children. He decides to write his old friend Father Frost in Russia to ask if the Snow Maiden could help him and the reindeer.
Generously, Father Frost said yes. For the young Snow Maiden's trip, Father Frost gave her a little wooden doll--a Russian matryoshka (or nesting doll). This doll becomes the consoler when the Snow Maiden worries that she is not helping Santa Claus enough. Before long, the littlest piece of the matryoshka doll becomes lost. Snow Maiden's sadness deepens when Santa tries consoling her--treating her like a little girl.
Do they find the missing piece? Does Santa begin to see the Snow Maiden for what she is--a true Snow Maiden? Does Santa fiend a new toy to make for all the children?
Find out by getting Buyske's children's picture book, "How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus".
The detailed and vibrantly drawn illustrations by Natasha Voronina bring charm and liveliness to the elves, Santa, Father Frost, Snow Maiden and all the North Pole residents. This reviewer thoroughly enjoyed reading this Christmas delight to her 3 children.

How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus by Gail Buyske
Published by: Vernissage Press,
Release: Aug. 2005
ISBN: 0972502742
Price: $16.95
Reviewed by: Jennifer LB Leese

Jennifer LB Leese is a writer from Maryland who writes children's picture books, young adult novels, and paranormal fiction. Visit her online at:

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