Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; Tell me a story, Babushka by Carola Schmidt, which is Illustrated by Vinicius Melo. I can’t wait to share my review of this charming little children’s book, plus come back next week to read my review of the second book in the series; Babushka is Homesick.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Kirsty at Blackberry Blog Tours For the invite.
About the Book
Tell me a story, Babushka by Carola Schmidt.
Illustrated by: Vinicius Melo.
When Karina asks Babushka to tell her a story about a princess and monsters, Babushka surprises her granddaughter, and even herself, telling a story about her life in Ukraine and how she had to run away to another country during the Holodomor. This folktale about memories and family is a sweet story about immigration and how history brought us to where we live today.
Carola Schmidt, the author, has Ukrainian blood and grew up between Ukrainian traditions. She is the third generation after immigration.
Ideal for ages 4-11, and perfect for a family time.
I don’t often feature or review children’s books on the blog, to be perfectly honest it has to be a very specific children’s book which will make me divert away from my usual reading. But, there was something about the Babushka series which intrigued me and made me set down my current book and read these delightful little picture books.
Tell Me a Story, Babushka is a sweet little picture book aimed at children between the ages of 4 and 11, but can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. It’s a simplistic story with a darker edge, its not your sterotypical cutesy fairy tale there isn’t a true happily ever after but a rather poignant happy for now which ties in well with the underling story of hope and survival.
The story opens to little Karina asking her Babushka (which is her grandmother in the English term) to tell her a story, Baba goes on to tell Karina the story of the Princess and the Monster’s, who invaded her little village destroying everything in their wake and making the Princess flee to another country to safety. What little Karina doesn’t realise is that this isn’t just a fairy-tale, this really happened to her very own Babushka.
Each page is beautifully illustrated, each illustration perfectly depicts each scene throughout the book. I would recommend that you either read this in print or on a ebook devise that shows the pictures in colour as it doesn’t really have the same effect if like me you read on a older kindle – which doesn’t show the colours, a lot of the darker pages were so dark I could barely make out the illustrations or the words, but that was my Kindles fault and nothing to do with the overall book.
Tell Me a Story, Babushka is a lovely and rather sad story which entwines a simple little story which all children will enjoy with real historical events, but it’s written and illustrated in such a way that the harshness of what happened doesn’t bombard young eyes, but instead subtly educates them in the history and traditions.
I really enjoyed the incredibly short story, which literally took me less then five minutes to read. It’s a nice change to the usual children’s books out there, Its sad and there was a moment that you think is this really a children’s books as it came across as pretty dark, but overall, it’s definitely one I would recommend.
About the Author
Carola Schmidt is a pediatric oncology pharmacist, scientific writer and children’s book writer.
Author of several books in pediatric oncology published by Springer Nature. Her scientific books are present in lists such as BookAuthority’s Best Pharmacy Books of All Time, Best New Pharmacy Books and Best New Pharmacy eBooks, and Springer Highlights 2020. Author of several kids’ books about cancer, such as Bald is Beautiful: A letter for a fabulous girl, Cancer Daily Life, Chubby’s Tale: The true story of a teddy bear who beat cancer (listed by BookAuthority as one of the “81 Best Leukemia Books of All Time”.)
Belonging is a subject that is present in her writing, and the two books in the Babushka Series are her first books that are not about cancer.