In 1919 Russian Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Romanov, a World War I army nurse and youngest sister of Tsar Nicholas II, fled the Bolshevik Revolution with her husband Col. Nikolai Kulikovsky, and their sons, three year-old Tihon and infant Gury, through the Ukraine to a refugee ship in the Crimea. Their journey ended in Denmark, where they lived at the palace in Copenhagen with the Danish-born Empress Marie Feodorovna, wife of Russian Tsar Alexander III and mother of Tsar Nicholas II and Grand Duchess Olga.
In Copenhagen Olga painted a series of delightful watercolors to go with a story she told her young sons of a boy who lived in the Danish palace with his white toy bears. Now, for the first time, we have both the original pictures and the story itself from Olga Nikolaevna Kulikovsky-Romanov, wife of the grownup Tihon, just as Tihon related it to her.
This first English version was written by Mother Nectaria McLees, an Orthodox nun, who has never lost her own love of children’s stories. We hope that you will also enjoy this wonderful book.
Illustrated with original vintage watercolors
by Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna of Russia
English text by Mother Nectaria McLees
Paperback, Full-color, 32 pages.
For children ages 3 to 10.
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