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The Story of Babushka Kindle Edition
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Guadalupe H, Librarian: 5*****
"This story gently introduces young readers to the inevitable existential crisis that most people experience at some point in their life. One wonders about the meaning of life and how one can fulfill such a purpose. The illustrations contribute to the story like a wind guiding someone to a destination. The language is appropriate and not challenging for its target audience. Ultimately, the creative use of the Babushka in this story is employed promoting life lessons that promote inner growth for middle grade readers."
Olivia S, Reviewer 4.5****
I've always been fascinated by babushka dolls and love how beautiful they are designed and painted. This story follows the babushka which are made up of five women each with their own personalities. The outer layer is beautiful, the next layer is wealth, then the talented babushka, followed by the wise babushka, and finally the innermost babushka and the guiding one, the loving babushka. Each of the babushka set out to discover their purpose in life. I think this book is perfect to read to children. Within it you will find many valuable lessons on self-worth, helping others, outer appearances and most importantly, that you cannot have one 'main' characteristic that defines your whole personality. I loved how it is the innermost babushka of love that guides the other babushka dolls and ultimately brings them together again.
Sonali A, Reviewer 5****
This is such a lovely book! ...perfect for children to find purpose in their life. It has valuable lessons. Complex themes simplified in a lovely story. I love the illustrations. It will be easy for little ones to connect with the characters and the story. It is so full of hope. Teaches no problem is too big. Every problem can be overcome. Teaches how everyone is unique and have different qualities. Steeped in tradition. An engaging read. Very well written and heartwarming. I definitely recommend it.
Erin H, Librarian 5****
Completely heart warming with a soul steeped in tradition, there is much to share and enjoy with this beautifully illustrated story. Likely to engage and enchant readers, young and old.
Jillian C, Reviewer - 4****
The Story of Babushka was such a quick, charming read. The artwork was what drew me in, but the story is what made me stay. It's really easy to follow and not a story that I've seen before, so it was super enjoyable! The story is honestly quite heartwarming and full of good life lessons, and I think this would make a great read for students and kids, either to read with someone or by themselves. I even really enjoyed it myself, so I'd also recommend this to anyone who is looking for a charming, gorgeously illustrated, and heartwarming story.
Sierra D, Educator 4****
"Such a heartwarming story that has a lot of great lessons for children to learn from and enjoy."
Kathleen M, Reviewer 4****
What a delightful story. Very well written and illustrated. I loved the tales and the lessons each taught.
Joy K, Educator 4****
This book has a lot of complex themes that will interest young readers. The book talks about how people can be multi-faceted and how individuals have layers to their personalities. Kids will probably be familiar with Russian nesting dolls so it will be easy for them to connect with the story. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. They are colourful, playful, and inviting. If I still taught in a classroom with younger students, I would share this book in a reading circle.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B089SBKV37
- Publisher : ACL Creative Studio (20 July 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 7669 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 97 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 956,729 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Story of Babushka tells the journeys of five dolls who each set out to find their own purpose in life. Each doll has its own special quality; Antonia is beautiful, Loretta epitomises riches and wealth, Paula is full of talent and success, Viola is the brains; intelligent and wise, and Mary is loving.
Babushka was content with her life in the forest but would often wonder about life - its meaning and her purpose. Babushka had some of the answers,
“The brook’s purpose was to flow, and the birds’ purpose was to sing.”
Babushka wants to find the meaning of her life and so she sends her five bodies off to find their true purpose in life. Guided by Mary, her inner voice, the Babushka gradually lets each doll go and as they venture from their forest home in search of answers, each doll has a clear life goal.
But life is never simple and as each doll embarks on a voyage of self-discovery they are exposed to some harsh life-lessons. Feeling at a loss, the innermost doll, Mary, heads off in search of her own purpose guided by the wind. And slowly she is guided back to her four other parts and the Babushka doll becomes whole once again.
The Story of Babushka is an endearing and important fable for all ages. At times, the language has a poetic quality and I was swept away into what felt like a fairy-tale wonderland. I love the message in this book - you are not defined by one particular characteristic, there are many parts that make your whole. There are valuable lessons on friendship and love, appearances, wealth and happiness (money can’t buy happiness), valuing yourself and helping others. It is all of these bodies that form the whole Babushka and whilst they may each have their own purpose they are at their strongest and happiest when they are together.
The illustrations of the dolls are beautiful - the intricate designs, the attention to detail, the size. They are exactly what I think of when I picture Babushka dolls in my head and think back to all the wonderful ones I saw in Russia. Each doll is unique with its own beauty - inner and outer.
A book that is worthy of being read by and shared with all ages. The messages and lessons in this book will be appreciated by readers of 9+ whilst younger children will delight in the beautiful artwork and will enjoy the story without delving deeper into the more complex issues and morals. A read that will generate plenty of discussion by readers both young and old.
With huge thanks to Catherine Flores for the ARC.
It was well written and had a lovely flow to it, the story was well planned out and well developed and the images are superb - it is a stunning book to read and it is honestly a highlight of my reading year for this kind of book!!
Everything about this book worked for me and I cannot recommend it highly enough - no hesitation at all in giving this one 5 stars - very highly recommended!!
- The download on Netgalley for this did not work so I didn't give feedback but then the author reached out with a link where it was free for a limited amount of time so I managed to read it and I can give a review now!
- 3 Stars does not mean it is a bad book!
This book is mainly aimed at children (you can definitely read it if you are older) and shows the story of the traditional Russian nesting/Matryoshka where each doll is their own person and has their own personality including strengths and flaws. It also shows how each doll/person copes within the bodies of each other and separately. The illustrations are both sweet and simple just like the story itself.
It is a small read (120 pages) which I feel is perfect for children, especially as each segment is split into small chapters which made it easier to read in small doses.
Would I read it again:
No, but if I was babysitting or looking after a younger person than I would probably read it/with to them!
Would I recommend it:
Yes, to parents/children
I loved how Flores wove a story full of enriching and important life lessons for children and captures the question that every person asks throughout their life and how it can take a little (or a lot) of searching with your heart and your mind to find something that fulfils you. Each self of the Babushka set off on their own adventure, learning their own lessons about wealth, passion, love and the power the people have.
This story is aimed at an older audience of 9-12 year olds, which is perfect as the age kids start to question more about themselves and the world and is a great way to introduce this story in a classroom. The unique format of this book works perfectly as a storytime, with its picture book-eque style, along with beautiful and simple illustrations by Ana Beatriz Marques, that provide a rich look into this world combined with the story.
I really enjoyed this thoughtful and heartwarming story and cannot wait to see what else Catherine Flores writes in the future!