When Natasha makes a selfish choice, she finds herself trapped in a lavish but lonely palace, far from her widowed father. Will she find a way to escape and see her father again? This poignant tale, inspired by Russian folklore, will help start conversations about the importance of family. Breathtaking acrylic paintings by The Arabian Nights and The Adventures of Achilles illustrator Carole Hénaff make this tale of inner change truly unforgettable.
Key Selling Points:
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Abounds with themes of helping others, distinguishing between needs and wants, and finding your own values.
TIMELY TOPIC: Encourages age-appropriate discussions about economic insecurity and consumer culture.
FAVORITE BAREFOOT ILLUSTRATOR: Breathtaking acrylic artwork by The Arabian Nights and Adventures of Achilles illustrator Carole Hénaff immerses the reader in a whimsical vision of 19th-century rural Russia.
Product Dimensions:10.375 x 9.75 inches
Page Count:32 pages
Age Range:Ages 4-10 years
Awards & Accolades
"With its folkloric elements, positive but not preachy message about sharing, and strong visual presentation, this will make an excellent read-aloud... The sumptuous, stylized, full-bleed, double-page acrylic paintings, with jewellike colors dominated by blues are a delight, with their swirling designs and Slavic details" — Kirkus Reviews
“...the story, whose theme is familiar, brings new insight into the isolation that selfishness can create. Lovely and magical” — Booklist
"An evocative, allegorical story about becoming trapped by one’s desires" — Publishers Weekly
About the Contributors
Written by - Orianne Lallemand
Orianne Lallemand has had her work published by numerous publishers. A lover of books and writing, she spends her time writing stories and conducting book workshops in schools and libraries. She is based in France.
Illustrated by - Carole Hénaff
Carole Hénaff is inspired by her travels and is never without her sketchbook. She studied theatrical literature in Parish before moving to Barcelona to study graphic design and illustration. Carole has illustrated children's books in France and Spain, including Smara, which was awarded the Isaac Díaz Pardo prize for Best Illustrated Book, 2006.