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No, it is not a Matroschka-Babuschka doll this time. This cute little doll is called Newaljaschka. Or Wanjka-Wstanjka. This both means tumbler (“Stehaufmännchen”), , but I like the Russian words so much better. Because they are so onomatopoeic – when you hear the words you can almost see the little doll tumble from left to right, from right to left – wanjka-wanjka-wanjka.
I discover this cutie in a Russian shop today and couldn’t resist her. Look at these big dark eyes. And these incredible lashes. And her stylish forelock. There are actually a number of different types of Wanjka-Wstanjka, from sailor to clown, from mouse to bunny, from brunettes to raven, but I think she is just the sweetest.
Obviously Wanjka-Wstanjkas are very popular toys in Russia as I learnt here. It is ideal for little ones, because it is not only a tumbler, but also a rattle and the bright colours catch every baby’s attention. Oh well, I think I have to share this beauty with my little one.