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The Frost
Based on an International Folk Tale
by Irina Mazor

Deep in the Frost Woods lives an ancient creature, feared by all, who rules over everything in the forest. The very forest that Beth now calls home…

When Beth moves to the Frost Woods with her father, stepmother, and stepsister after a terrible spring flood, she is determined to make the best of her new situation. Beth's father is often away hunting, and her stepmother is jealous of Beth’s kindness and intelligence, but Beth is determined to make the best of it. One day Beth is sent to collect firewood just after a dangerous winter storm. But the only place to go is deep into the heart of the Frost Woods…

This adaptation of the classic Russian fairytale Morozko teaches readers about our responsibility to live in peace with nature. It also shows that there are no bad people, only good people making wrong choices. Through positivity and hope, we can change our circumstances.

Irina Mazor grew up in the Soviet Union, where she read a lot of Russian fiction and folk tales. For so long Russia was "terra incognita" to the rest of the world—hard to live in and hard to understand. When Ms. Mazor moved to Canada, she saw that the two countries had more common than opposite, especially with our long, cold winters. The history of Manitoba voyagers and Québec pioneers was not so different from the way Russians had lived for centuries. These "small towns on the riverbank" still exist around the world, and their people have so much to learn from each other.

Ms. Mazor lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with her husband, which is her most honest critic. The couple has two grown children, a son, and a daughter.


Irina Mazor
Liliya Aksyutina
Sarah Legendre

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