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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.