Babushka's Dollby Patricia Polacco
Babuska's doll wad special. She had played with it when she was a little girl like her high-spirited granddaughter Natasha. Now Babushka is going to the store, and Natasha takes the doll down from its shelf--but then promptly finds out why playing with Babushka's doll once is enough. Full-color illustrations. 20,000 print.
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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..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.
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What little girl wouldn't want her doll to come to life? Will the impatient Natasha gets her just desserts when her Babushka's old doll starts to move and talk? Everything that Natasha wants to do with her Babushka, the doll coaxes her into doing. The doll, a demanding little thing, gets Natasha to play with her and do whatever she wants. This story Babushka's Doll, by Patricia Polacco and published in 1990 by Aladdin Paperbacks, can definitely teach children the lesson of patience and is interestingly enough a tale about a child, a grandmother, and a doll. The illustrations are colorful and delightfully energetic. The pictures are done in bright lively colors. Some scenes practically leap of the pages. Each picture depicts Natasha and the doll as they play and fool around. The pictures as well as the writings explore the world of a child. Grownups have responsibilities that they must attend to and cannot always play like children. So children who want to play with their elders must wait their turn. Natasha learns this lesson the hard way and Babushka is there to comfort her after her experience with a doll that just like her has to be taken care of because it cannot take care of itself.