A beautifully illustrated book, with a magnificent story that children and tweens will love.
Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers.
WHAT IS A BABUSHKA?
The babushka doll, also known as a matryoshka or Russian nesting doll, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolise Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women. There are some babushka dolls with as many as fifty dolls nested inside. This is the story of one very special babushka doll and her five bodies.
There was the outermost body, Antonia. She was pure beauty. Everyone who saw her admired her good looks. Beneath that body of beauty hid Loretta, who was richly adorned. She wore gold ornaments, and her green robe was decorated with many different gems that glittered like the ocean on a sunny day. Hidden within the rich body was Paula, the body that held all Babushka’s talents. Whatever Paula did, she was sure to succeed. She knew how to work and always did so with joy and determination.
Within the talented body was Viola, the body of wisdom. Viola knew a lot about the world and learned very quickly. She was always full of brilliant ideas and had clever solutions for every problem. The last body, the smallest of all, was Mary, the embodiment of love. Mary had a warm and compassionate heart and was very helpful. She could dry tears and mend broken hearts. Together, these bodies formed the complete Babushka.
Reading this book, you will learn about:
– The value of friendship and love.
– That financial wealth alone cannot make someone happy.
– Not to judge outer appearance.
– To recognize a person’s value and much more
My daughter adores Russian Dolls so as soon as I saw this book I knew I had to give it a read. We follow Babushka and her inner bodies as they try and discover the meaning of life.
This is a beautifully told story, rich in imagery and language. I really appreciate that in children’s stories. I love my kids to learn the richness and the power of words.
Each doll goes of in search of her own happiness according to her individual quality. At first this seems to be the ideal solution but we soon learn that we are more than just our individual parts.
I really like the messages in this story, they are simple enough for my five year old to understand, however there is a much deeper meaning in the writing if you want more and depending on the age of the person reading it. It is about self worth and accepting all your parts to make your whole.
The illustrations are also perfect for the story, they are simple but full of character. It’s they type of illustrations I like to see in children’s books.
My daughter has since enjoyed getting her dolls out and reenacting the story, as well as making up stories for her own dolls. I would highly recommended this book for all ages.
My thanks to Kelly for inviting me onto the blog tour and for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Since quitting her full-time job at a branding communication agency in Zurich, Catherine has gone on to become a successful freelance designer and a children’s author. She spends most of her time on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients from around the world.
She is currently working on the follow up to the 2020 release of “The Story Of Babushka”
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