Babushka’s Doll

Babushka’s Doll is a lovely story of a toy coming to life and then behaving badly.  Patricia Polacco draws a beautiful portrait of rural Russia, a wise grandma and an impatient granddaughter. From the doll, Natasha, the granddaughter, learns that selfish behaviour is hard to live with and thus changes her ways.

This is a great story to derive good character traits versus bad ones.  Lots of dialogue make it a good text for quotation marks and other conventions. Above all, it is a good story with the moral coming in second, as it should be.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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