Patricia Polacco belongs to a family of storytellers, poets, farmers, teachers, and artists. They came from many parts of the world, but mainly Russia. She grew up to be an illustrator, a designer, and creator of many beloved children's books, including The Keeping Quilt, The Blessing Cup, Fiona's Lace, The Trees of the Dancing Goats, Babushka's Doll, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Sticks and Stones, and Palace of Books. She lives in Union City, Michigan. Visit her at PatriciaPolacco.com and follow her on Facebook.
In this vibrantly illustrated cautionary tale, a selfish girl becomes ``quite nice after all'' after learning a valuable lesson from a doll that comes to life. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
PreS-Gr 2‘Patricia Polacco's story (S&S, 1990) is a cautionary tale of a young, self-centered girl named Natasha, and her babushka (Grandmother). When Babushka's doll comes to life and gives Natasha a taste of her own medicine, she learns a valuable lesson about being considerate of others. The narrator, Barbara Caruso, finds a voice for each character and reads the story in clear, rich tones without the distraction of background music or sound effects. Both sides of the tape contain an identical reading. This gentle, refined treatment of a delightful book would be useful for listening centers.‘Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA