Babushka Baba Yaga

Babushka Baba Yaga

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.

Baba Yaga is a witch famous throughout Russia for eating children, but this Babushka Baba Yaga is a lonely old woman who just wants a grandchild—to love.

"Kids will respond to the joyful story of the outsider who gets to join in, and Polacco's richly patterned paintings of Russian peasant life on the edge of the woods are full of light and color." — Booklist

"A warm, lively tale, neatly mixing new and old and illustrated with Polacco's usual energetic action, bright folk patterns, and affectionate characterizations." —Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698116337
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 01/28/1999
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 152,294
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 10.31(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: AD670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Patricia Polacco ( 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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Babushka Baba Yaga 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
jlowens4 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading "Babushka Baba Yaga". I think that this would would be a wonderful for book for third, fourth, and fifth graders. The moral to the story is do not judge people. In the book it describes a horrible woman of the forest, but the woman is not bad at all and all she wants is to be loved and to have a grandchild. So the woman tries to fit in so she can be a nanny to a family. I think that this book has a very important lesson to teach. Children really do need to understand that you can not judge someone for the clothes they were or how they look.
thesinisterscribe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My daughter loves this book and so do I. A very heart-warming tale about accepting others regardless of what they look like or where they are from. "I kiss your eyes and hold you in my heart." I get a litle misty-eyed every time we read it.
kmcgiverin05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a legend story, which has a moral. The moral is not to judge things/people on what you have heard about them, you are the only one who can determine someones character. There were magic fairies and woodland creatures involved in the story. This would be appropriate for all school ages. The towns people really grow to become a lot more excepting of others by the end, they started out being flat characters but in the end becoming round and more likable.
AnnePaige More than 1 year ago
This is great and endearing story of about differences and fear and how both are overcome to show that we are all really the same! A wonderful story for both adults and children, especially for adults reading to children. Ms. Palacco is an incredible storyteller!