Babushka's Doll by Patricia Polacco

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Babushka's doll was special. She had played with it only once, when she was a little girl like her high-spirited granddaughter, Natasha.
Now Babushka is going to the store and it's Natasha's turn to take the little doll down from the high shelf. When the naughty doll comes to life -- and is even more rambunctious than the little girl herself -- Natasha finds out why playing once with Babushka's doll is enough!
Patricia Polacco's beautiful illustrations capture the warmth, humor, and timeless spirit of her magical tale.
 

About Patricia Polacco

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An illustrator, designer, and writer of children's books, Patricia Polacco comes from a family of storytellers, poets, dirt farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She is a member of the Center of U.S.\U.S.S.R. Initiatives and her stories for children, often with a Russian theme, have been widely praised. Rechenka's Eggs received the International Reading Association Award, and The Keeping Quilt, winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, was recommended by School Library Journal for its "richly detailed" and "beautifully conceived" illustrations (SLJ starred review). She lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two children.
 
Published November 26, 2013 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As a special treat, Babushka lets Natasha play with her old doll Coming alarmingly to life, the doll is even more demanding than Natasha herself--who, since she isn't "a truly naughty child," takes the lesson with good grace.

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In this vibrantly illustrated cautionary tale, a selfish girl becomes ``quite nice after all'' after learning a valuable lesson from a doll that comes to life.

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This ""direct yet resonant"" retelling of a Russian folktale has ""sumptuous colors, a rich melange of patterns and textures--and even a sprinkling of forest fairies,"" said PW.

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Living alone in the forest, Baba Yaga watches longingly as the babushkas of the village care for their grandchildren.

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While a couple of the narratives are clunky, children will relish the generally jaunty language and the sound of foreign names and places (``Babushka pulled Diadushka,/ Diadushka pulled the turnip;'' ``Klootchka Plootchka count your little toes;'' ``The Train to Ivanovo.'' Some of her strongest w...

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