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Babushka's Doll Paperback – August 1, 1995

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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. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1-- When Natasha wants something, she wants it now --not after her grandmother, Babushka, has finished her chores. Babushka gets tired of this attitude, and finally goes off to the market, leaving Natasha to play with a special doll that she keeps on a high shelf. The doll comes to life and subjects Natasha to the same sort of insistent whining that Natasha used on Babushka. The girl learns her lesson and turns out "to be quite nice after all." This pedantic story is made more acceptable by Polacco's beautiful illustrations. Her expressive, Old World figures, bright colors, and charming details of a house and farm in Russia will delight readers, even if predictability makes the story less enticing than the pictures. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360 (What's this?)
  • Series: Aladdin Picture Books
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689802552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689802553
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Children's Books > Literature > Fairy Tales, Folk Tales & Myths > Multicultural"
This book's archetypal story elements (e.g., magic, a moral, intergenerational conflict) are indeed part fairy tale and myth. A young girl, overly demanding of her grandmother ("Babushka"), learns what it's like on the receiving end when her grandmother's doll comes to life and makes demands on the girl. This is not, however, typical Polacco because there's a subtle punitive quality to the doll's incessant demands and misbehavior: "'You didn't do it right," said the doll... Natasha began to cry. "I'm just a little girl," she said between sobs. I wish you were just a doll."'
However, I think that Palocco's evocation of a fairy tale (which often contain gruesome scenes, unlike the mild consequences here), and her warm, very colorful illustrations soften the doll's "vengeance." This is not "Chuckie." And in the end, her grandmother slyly tells her that she must have been dreaming (although we are led to believe that the doll really did come to life), and we are reassured that `Natasha turned out quite nice after all.'
Palocco's large, loopy illustrations are always a treasure, and here, the pencil, pen, and acrylic bring some enchantment and a sense of fun to Natasha's "lesson."
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A Kid's Review on October 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
It is a book that is full of surprises. The biggest, most interesting surprise is when Natasha uses her grandmother's doll. It came to life and the doll was mean to Natasha. I loved the drawings. This story could be a lesson for us not to be mean to our mothers...
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Babushka's Doll is one of my favorite Patricia Polacco books. As an elementary school teacher, I love to read a loud to the children every day. The children love this book. It is a pedagogical story of a girl who acts impatient and selfish with her grandma, her "Babushka", and the lesson she learns in this dimension. It is a multicultural tale, and it is very easy to be dramatic and use character voices when telling the story. I have read this story hundreds of times. Enjoy it! It is a gem in your home or classroom library.
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This is a great story for your demanding little ones. I have a few in the class and this book gave them the message that they have to wait for things. The kids really loved this book. I love the lesson it teaches.
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Polacco's illustrations are vibrant and energetic, a wonderful combination of the organic with the geometric.

It's gorgeous to look at, but really, you must read this story if you have a four year old daughter. You hear a lot about the terrible twos, but nobody tells you about the f***ing fours, when kids often get demanding and try on selfishness for size. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.

Sit down with that girl and read Babushka's Doll. Her eyes will be opened.
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Beautifully illustrated and cleverly written! Every page is captivating because of the brilliant colors used, and it is a charming story! Adults and children alike will love this book. Love Patricia Polacco and have since I was first introduced to her work 25 years ago! So happy to see that her books are still around, and thoroughly enjoy her Facebook posts, as well!
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Who doesn't love Patricia Polacco? Her stories are wonderful, her artwork amazing. This is a story with a lesson about proper behavior, showing consideration, and learning manners, that is presented in a way that children, their parents, and grandparents will appreciate.
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A Kid's Review on June 5, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I like the book because it's not real but it seems like it could have happened in real life. It taught a lesson to Tasha. The lesson was you should realize what you're doing before you do it. Tasha didn't understand why she always had to wait for everything.
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