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Babushka's Mother Goose
     

Babushka's Mother Goose

by Patricia Polacco
 

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From the beloved New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Thank You, Mr. Falker and Pink and Say.

Meet Yasha, whose beard grows down to the ground and keeps growing, and an old babushka who lives in a boot with too many children. Beloved storyteller Patricia Polacco draws from her Russian heritage to retell folktales and

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From the beloved New York Times bestselling author-illustrator of Thank You, Mr. Falker and Pink and Say.

Meet Yasha, whose beard grows down to the ground and keeps growing, and an old babushka who lives in a boot with too many children. Beloved storyteller Patricia Polacco draws from her Russian heritage to retell folktales and rhymes from Mother Goose, Aesop, and Ukrainian folklore that reflect the heart and homeland of her storyteller grandmother, her Babushka. As in all her work, Polacco's enchanting patterns and bold colors provide the perfect match for the stories and rhymes.

A Child Magazine Best Book of the Year

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Renowned for portraying favorite episodes of her family's history in her picture books, Polacco (Pink and Say; Chicken Sunday) here mines the treasures of her grandmother's Russian heritage. Many of the 24 stories and rhymes in this unusual volume are culled from the storytelling sessions Polacco remembers sharing with her beloved Babushka. 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 work, the gouache and pencil illustrations here show an impressive range of composition. In a slight stylistic shift, Polacco has included a cast of whimsically drawn, anthropormophic animals that have a clean, childlike simplicity. These new characters fit right in with her typically robust and kind human figures bedecked in bold Russian frocks. This exotic-flavored volume is a welcome addition to the nursery rhyme shelf. Ages 3-7. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A Mother Goose with a Russian flair. Polacco retells stories, riddles and rhymes that she heard from her grandmother and invents a few of her own in this collection. It's fun, from the very first with a grandmotherly figure flying on a goose that looks a lot like the pair in Rechenka's Eggs.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The first way most children come to pattern is through rhyme and rhythm and that is what inspired the author to write this book. Polacco, who learned the love of words in her grandmother's lap, now offers young children word play, rhymed prose, and other language pattern delights. The book spans a number of years. It could be compared with a traditional Mother Goose book or considered a great way to launch a study of the patterns of poetry. For instance, young children can practice identifying patterns of rhyme by singing poems put to music. This can then become a natural introduction to learning about "word families" that rhyme.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Polacco credits her storytelling Babushka as the reshaper of many of the 24 rhymes and stories in this collection, borrowed from such sources as Aesop, Moldavian folktales, and Mother Goose. Some are variations of familiar tales, while others are original family stories. Each selection is seasoned with a distinctly Russian flavor through a combination of tap-your-toe text and bright, homespun illustrations. The wonderfully cozy experience of settling into the security of a grandmother's lap is re-created, from the vibrant warmth of the pictures to the bouncy verses that invite participation. The integrated arrangement of the full-page artwork, the textured detail of the characters' clothing, and the charming decorative borders complement the traditional folkloric theme. Although scores of Mother Goose collections are available, this one offers both variety and an entertaining introduction to Russian folk literature. Whether sharing the book with one child or a story time audience, the family treasures within are meant to be read aloud, repeated, and celebrated. Be sure to pair it with the author's Babushka Baba Yaga (Philomel, 1993).-Sarabeth Kalajian, Venice Public Library, FL
Susan Dove Lempke
As Polacco explains in an introductory note, she has written down some of the stories and rhymes she heard as a child sitting on her babushka's (grandmother's) lap and added to them some she created herself. The result is mixed: a few of the rhymes are strained or create unintentionally bizarre images (for instance, a button landing on mutton), but many of the rhymes are good, snappy fun. A rhyme about a Matroishka doll is especially successful, as are retellings of two of Aesop's fables. Polacco puts a nicer spin on the tale "Stone Soup," turning it into a story about sharing, and adds a poem about a "golden child" who "walks with God each day." Her illustrations are packed with a variety of comically drawn animals and ebullient people in brightly patterned, traditional Russian clothing. The zesty paintings and general tone of goodwill will make this a family favorite.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399227479
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Patricia Polacco (www.patriciapolacco.com) is the beloved New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of over fifty picture books. She visits as many as two hundred classrooms in a single year, not only speaking but listening to the hundreds of children that she meets. Grateful for what teachers have done for her, she is also a popular keynote speaker celebrating teachers everywhere. She lives in Union City, Michigan, where she enjoys speaking to the myriad children who come to visit her and the famous meteor, the object of one of Patricia's best-known stories.

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