Sandra Ann Horn was a clinical psychologist until 1992, when she moved to Southampton University to set up and run the Master of Science programme in Health Psychology. She also spends her time writing for children and has had a number of books published with various companies. Babushka is her first book with Barefoot Books. Sophie Fatus is a full-time illustrator and sculptress, who studied at the prestigious Academy of Fine Art in Paris. Her brightly coloured illustrations and quirky style are world-renowned and have graced the pages of several other Barefoot Books including The Story Tree (2001), The Barefoot Book of Monsters! (2003), Riddle me This! (2003), My Daddy is Pretzel (2004) and Farmyard Jamboree (2005). Sophie lives in Florence.
'Illustrated beautifully, this [Russian] fable offers an alternative to the traditional Christmas story, an is an interesting way to introduce children to international perspectives on the festive season' - Five to Eleven