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My Mother Is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World: A Russian Folk Tale Library Binding – June, 1995

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Product Details

  • Library Binding
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co Library (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688512518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688512514
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a charming story of a child lost and reunited with her peasant parents. When I was a children's librarian I used to read this to my first graders who all thought that their own mothers were beautiful. Now that I teach in high school I use it as an comparison for a Japanese story by Kawabata. It is the perfect explanation of "looking through the eyes of love."
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A wonderful children's book that tells the story of a young boy lost from his mother. Throughout the book he searches and the eyes of everyone but him see beauty in a different way. The eyes of love, however, see true beauty. I read this book to my daughter when she was small and I am now looking forward to reading it to my granddaughter!
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. . . a story of Love to be shared.* A mother who is "lost" to her child leaves us with that terrible feeling in the pit of the stomach. But we always believe that in most children's books the outcome will be happy so we can survive some tension & tears!

When a story is demanded by children, over and over, the telling of it assumes a style and rhythm unique to that family. "My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World" is a folk tale adapted from Russian lore. There are similar tales in other cultures that have been passed on through generations. That is part of the delight of being an author who can insert her/his own style & color into a new version - knowing it will go forward to give the writer a small bit of immortality.

This story, adapted by Becky Reyher has been given rollicking, color-filled, story-telling illustrations by Ruth Gannett. A perfect pairing. The 1995 "reissue" must be a 50th anniversary edition of my own 1945 copy. And now Reviewer mcHAIKU can joyously search out the best copies for my own "most beautiful" children.
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