Ruth Hill Viguers
Katia's relationships with her many relatives of all ages, her adjustment to her beautiful young stepmother, whom she came to love, and all the details of luxurious living, including parties and holiday festivities, of a well-to-do family in Czarist Russia make [Katia] a story with the romantic appeal of an almost fairy-tale world. The children are completely real in their reactions and behavior. Quite apart from its significance as a picture of a vanished era, the book is important because it is such irresistibly good reading. (p. 210)
Ruth Hill Viguers, in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1967, by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), April, 1967....
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