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.
About Stephanie Campisi
Stephanie Campisi is an Australian picture book author based in Tennessee. When not exploring the woods and streams about her home, she’s reading to her son or concocting imaginative worlds brimming with wordplay and whimsy.
About Madalina Andronic
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 come 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.