Baboushka: A Christmas Tale by Dawn Casey, and illustrated by Amanda Hall, is a timeless Russian Christmas tale. With warm and beautiful illustrations, this story teaches readers the importance of the spirit of the season---to live and treat others in a kind and generous way.
On the eve of the very first Christmas, an old grandmother is busy tidying her home when a bright star illuminates the sky. Soon three wise men arrive and invite Babushka to join them in their travelsfollowing the star in search of a newborn babe, the Prince of Peace. But there are dishes to be washed, and floors to be swept, and Babushka is too absorbed in her work to leave her home with presents for the baby Jesus.
The next day, when Babushka tries to follow the men, she cannot find their tracks. Instead, she finds a little girl shivering in the cold, and a little boy, his tummy rumbling with hunger. Babushka walks and walks, and everywhere she goes she finds children in need of toys to play with or a shawl to keep them warm. And to each one, she offers a gift from her basket and a smile of light and love.
With beautiful illustrations evoking folk art traditions and sensitive storytelling, Babushka tenderly reminds us that nothing is more important during the holiday season than taking the time to show love for one another. This timeless Russian tale will warm your heart and fill you up with the joyful, generous spirit of Christmas.
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Dawn Casey draws inspiration from her travels near and far, from tales of old, and from the natural world. Her collection The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales won the Gold Nautilus Award and received an Accolade from the American Folklore Society. In previous incarnations, Dawn worked in publishing and as a primary school teacher. She is now mother to two young children. Though officially a grown up, Dawn still believes in magic. She lives in Lewes, England.
Amanda Hall is an award-winning international illustrator, noted for her stylish illustrations of folktales and legends. She studied Graphic Art at what is now the Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge, England. Having traveled, Amanda finds herself drawn to illustrating ethnic tales and legends in a style that uses watercolors and crayon to build layers of color and texture. She lives in Cambridge, England.
"The emotionally satisfying folk tale is told in lyrical, polished prose that exudes an air of magic and mystery. Captivating, full-page illustrations in a cool palette of blues and purples set the Russian scene and help create a distinct personality for the doll-shaped Babushka." --Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)