The Balalaika Classical Nesting Doll makes a great musical addition to any Russian stacking doll collection. Each of the first four nesting dolls carries a different Old World instrument (balalaika, accordion, tambourine, and horn), ready to play for your entertainment. The smallest doll coquettishly waves a handkerchief as she dances to this lively folk music. While this is indeed an excellent gift for musicians and connoisseurs of traditional musical instruments alike, what I like most about this doll is simply the striking juxtaposition of the royal blue scarf and the cherry red dress—it’s eye-popping! The hand-painted forget-me-nots on the shawl will impress you, too. The lovely work continues on the back of the doll. You may buy her as a gift, but you’ll keep her in the end!