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Babushka

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Babushka is busy tidying her house when three unexpected guests arrive telling her that they are looking for a baby, a new born king. When they leave Babushka stays behind cleaning and tidying, and preparing a gift for the baby. Next morning when she starts to follow the men she finds that the snow has covered their tracks and she doesn’t know which way to go. But she keeps on searching, and as she goes she gives a gift from her basket to every child she passes who is hungry, or cold, or has no toys. This retelling of a traditional Russian folk tale is accompanied by glowing illustrations from an award-winning artist.

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There is something for all year groups in this magical Christmas folktale from Russia. Babushka is busy tidying her house when three unexpected guests arrive looking for a new born baby king. When Babushka decides to follow the men, she finds that the snow has covered their tracks and she doesn’t know which way to go. Babushka keeps on searching, giving gifts from her basket to every suffering child that she passes. Babushka is a beautifully illustrated story from another culture that brings together the festive themes of generosity and what it means to pursue your beliefs even when it seems difficult.

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