When a great white oak gifts an old man a branch imbued with magic, he carves five wooden matryoshka dolls, “each smaller than the last.” The wooden dolls take on a life of their own as they frolic from one season to the next, bringing the old man and his wife a joy they had always longed for. Beautiful verse and stunning, traditional illustrations full of woodland creatures and playfully painted matryoshka dolls explore a tale of heartache, hope, and love.
Stephanie Campisi is an Australian-born, Washington-based children’s book author. She has slept in a cemetery, has a friend who was bullied by a prince, and lives in a haunted house in a haunted town. Two of the three statements in the previous sentence are true. Or maybe they all are.
Stephanie is the author of the picture books The Ugly Dumpling and Luis and Tabitha. She has two more books - The Five Sisters and Very Lulu - releasing in 2019.
Madalina Andronic is a Romanian illustrator currently based in Puglia, Italy, drawing inspiration from traditional fairy tales, folklore, travels, and love stories, never forgetting the magic of where she comes from. Passionate about details and rich colors, Madalina’s art radiates energy and joy. With an MA in illustration from Camberwell College of Arts in London, she developed a strong and distinctive style and has worked for clients all around the world in publishing, editorial, advertising, commissions, and porcelain, as well as having nine published books in Romania, the UK, and the United States.