cover image Babushka: A Christmas Tale

Babushka: A Christmas Tale

Dawn Casey, illus. by Amanda Hall. Good Books, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-68099-188-8

In a lovely recounting of a classic Russian legend, Babushka, an elderly woman who lives alone in a modest cottage, is visited by the three wise men, who urge her to join them as they bring gifts to the newborn king. Babushka stays behind to wash the dishes (she “was forever scrubbing and sweeping, washing and wiping, dusting and polishing”); later, she feels compelled to seek out the child but can’t find the star to guide her. Her journey through the snowy countryside instead leads her to cold and hungry children, whom she helps by giving the food and clothing she has brought with her. Hall’s (Brother Giovanni’s Little Reward) vibrant illustrations feature jewel tones of pink, purple, turquoise, and gold, setting the snowy landscape aglow as Casey (A Lullaby for Little One) gracefully delivers a message about selflessness and how kindness begets kindness. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)