FICTION

Babushka

, retel. illus. by Amanda Hall. 32p. Good Bks. Sept. 2016. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781680991888.
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K-Gr 2—A retelling of the traditional Russian Christmas tale in which an old woman is visited by the three travelers following a star in the East to see the "newborn king." Babushka welcomes them in yet refuses their offer to join them on their journey, as there are dishes to wash and crumbs to sweep. But later that night, after waking to the light of the star, Babushka changes her mind and sets off laden with gifts, determined to find the child. The text has a warm and engaging tone, with a satisfying conclusion that focuses on Babushka's kindness and generosity. The immensely satisfying watercolor and crayon illustrations combine swirling patterns and rich textures in tones of blue, purple, gold, and rose. Particularly effective are the snowy exteriors glowing in the starlight.
VERDICT Well written and beautifully illustrated, this book will make a lovely addition to holiday collections.

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