I’m pleased to be sharing my review with you on the first day of the book tour for The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores. Thank you so much to Love Books Tours for inviting me to take part and for my gifted copy of this gorgeous book 🌸
The blurb …
A beautifully illustrated book, with a magnificent story that children and tweens will love.
Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers. But there is a hurdle to overcome, before all the bodies can reunite and return to the forest forever.
The babushka doll, also known as a matryoshka or Russian nesting doll, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolise Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women.
Babushka dolls are made of wood and painted in bright colours and patterns. Each Babushka is made in a set of many round dolls each a little smaller than the last. They separate at the middle so that each doll can be placed inside the one before it. There are some Babushka dolls with as many as fifty dolls nested inside her.
This is the story of one very special doll with five bodies that together make the Babushka.
My review …
This book is absolutely beautiful in every way. From the vibrant and enchanting illustrations by Ana Beatriz Marques, to the meaningful and charming story.
The story of Babushka starts when she wants to find out the meaning of life, so each of her bodies leave the forest and go out into the world to see what they can learn:
The outer body, Antonia represents Babushka’s beautiful outer appearance.
Beneath Antonia is Loretta who represents Babushka’s wealth.
Beneath Loretta is Paula who represents Babushka’s talents.
Beneath Paula is Viola who represents Babushka’s wisdom.
And in the centre is Mary who represents Babushka’s heart and inner voice.
Each body finds her own way into the world looking for love, to help people, to find work and to spark her creativity until only Mary is left in the forest. But Mary starts to feel unhappy and realises that she needs to find the meaning in her own life and she sets out on an adventure of her own to reunite her different bodies and they each bring back the lessons that they have learned to make Babushka whole again.
It was lovely reading this book with my eight-year-old daughter and she also really enjoyed the colouring sheets from the author’s website. She loved the pictures of the forest and also the wonderful concept of the story. There were so many important lessons here that we could talk about together, such as the value of friendship, that beauty comes from within and that money cannot make you happy. This book really does make you think about your life, the way we work, the environment we live in and what we are teaching our children about themselves.
I loved this book and the hardback copy is so beautiful it would make a wonderful children’s gift. It really would be a valuable addition to any child’s bookshelf.
About the author …
Since quitting her full-time job at a branding communication agency in Zurich, Catherine has gone on to become a successful freelance designer and a children’s author. She spends most of her time on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients from around the world.
She is currently working on the follow up to the 2020 release of “The Story Of Babushka”
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YouTube Trailer – https://youtu.be/jKnDGZ2e1VY – Book Trailer
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