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Babushka Baba Yaga

by Patricia Polacco

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This is a very sweet story of an outcast who wants to find love and acceptance. Baba Yaga lives a solitary life in the forest but she longs for a family and the joy of being someone's Babushka (grandma). She decides to disguise herself as a village Babushka and ends up living with a single mother who has no one to care for her child. All goes well until the village Babushkas start telling horrible stories about Baba Yaga, not realizing she is among them, and frightens the children. With all of Patricia Polacco's stories, this one has a happy ending and a moral to be found. ( )
  Tessa.Johnson | Feb 1, 2017 |
This story is a fantasy book because it s based on the folktale of Baba Yaga who is a mystical creature. It is believable because she comes to be a part of a very regular world. I like this story because of the warm message it has and because of the light blend between reality and fiction.
  asukonik | Feb 1, 2016 |
This story is great for learning not to judge others by what people say.
  rebgamble | Sep 15, 2015 |
This book by Patricia Polacco is derived from Russian folklore. The beautiful illustrations are made to represent Russian peasant life in the past. It also teaches a great lesson of acceptance and friendship that students can appreciate.
  emilystrong | Nov 30, 2014 |
Russian folklore tells of Baba Yaga a craggy, ugly witch with iron teeth and chicken claws for feet, and who lives deep in the wood and devours humans.

Using the tale of Baba Yaga, Polacco turns the story from ugliness to beauty, from darkness to light. Watching from afar, Baba Yaga, sees women with children and grand children.

Stealing clothes from the line, Baba Yaga covers her ugly body, wears a babushka and, longing to have a child to hold, Baba Yaga follows a single mother home and offers to take care of her little boy while she is at work.

The little child becomes very attached to Baba Yaga, and she loves him in return. When she overhears the townswomen telling the tale of the wickedness of the wooded creature, her heart breaks. Leaving the family, she flees before the little boy becomes fearful.

Later, she rescues a child from wild wolves and becomes celebrated as a kind, other directed soul. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jul 23, 2014 |
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The villagers are afraid of her, so the legendary Baba Yaga disguises herself as an old woman in order to know the joys of being a grandmother.

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