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Babushka Baba Yaga by Patricia Polacco

Babushka Baba Yaga

by Patricia Polacco

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This book told the story of a baba yaga who decided she wanted to be a babushka instead of a witch. She decides to stay with a family that does not have a babushka. When the villagers find out she is actually she a witch she is sent away until a boy is trapped by wolves at which time the baba yaga saves the boy. The village people then accept the baba yaga and she moves back in with the family. I thought this book did a great job of showing that sometimes people aren't always what they seem. In the book, the villagers were afraid of the babuska baba yaga, but she ended up saving Victor and only wanted to love him. Sometimes in life, people that we think are scary actually turn out to be good. ( )
  ColbyCronise | Feb 22, 2018 |
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 |
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She was the last of her kind. A creature of legends. A being of the forest. AAnd? stories . . . were told of her - stories of the terrible, horrible Baba Yaga.

In truth, Baba Yaga was kind, and very lonely. And as she watches the babushkas of the village delight in their grandchildren, she longs for a grandchild of her own.

Then she has an idea: She will be a babushka instead of a Baba Yaga. She dresses herself up as a kindly grandmother and enters the village. When she comes across a young woman and her grandmotherless son, they adopt her as their very own babushka, and as the days pass, Baba Yaga and the boy, Victor, grow to love each other very much.

Until one day, Victor hears stories of the horrible, wicked Baba Yaga, and she knows that she must go back to the woods before the child finds out who she really is.

Legend would have Baba Yaga evil and unkind, but in Patricia Polacco's version of this Russian folktale, enlivened by her rich, vibrant art, we are reminded to judge not by rumor and appearance, but by what we know in our own hearts to be true.
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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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