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.