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The Magic Babushka

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By: Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

Perfect for Easter celebrations.

Nadia longs to create beautifully decorated Easter eggs, called pysanky, but the intricate patterns are too difficult for her weak eyes. When she rescues a magical old woman, she is rewarded with a handkerchief that makes her imagined designs real. Now Nadia can create pysanky, but how can she prove to an angry tsarina that the designs are her own?

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Phyllis Limbacher Tildes, author/illustrator

Phyllis Limbacher Tildes is the author/illustrator of several books for young readers, including Baby Animals Black and White, Will You Be Mine?, and more. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and studied art in Rome, Italy. After many years as a graphic designer, Phyllis turned her creative energies to her true love: creating picture books for children. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.

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Editorial Reviews:

Children's Literature

Nadia wants to make beautifully decorated Easter eggs, called "pysanky," but the detailed artwork is too difficult for her weak eyes. Nadia despairs, until one day she rescues Baba Babochka, the ancient butterfly woman. "Lovely girl... I will reward you with one wish... choose wisely," warns Baba Babochka. Excited, Nadia wishes that the pysanky she imagined were real. The old woman grants her wish and gives her a magic babushka, or scarf-but magic gifts are never what they seem. The delightful illustrations detail the artwork of pysansky, as intricate as they are colorful. Lovingly told, this is a warm story where the child learns to rely on her inner gifts to fulfill her dreams. –Dia L. Michels

Children's Literature

When the Tsarina Zoyanna, Ruler of Russia, announces that the girl who creates the most exquisitely painted eggs (pysanky) will win the special prize, the young girl Nadia feels sad because she knows that her own eyes are much too weak to draw the intricate patterns that she has imagined in her mind. However, things change for Nadia when she saves Baba Babochka, the legendary, magical butterfly woman from the poisonous spider. When Baba Babochka grants Nadia a single wish, Nadia hastily wishes that the pysanky that she imagines are real. Baba gives Nadia a Magic Babushka (headscarf) that will turn her plain white eggs into beautiful pysanky. When the deceptive Tsarevich steals Nadia's pysanky and carries them back to his aunt, the Tsarina of Russia, she orders Nadia to come to the palace and paint more eggs. Nadia wonders "what good was the magic babushka if she could not use its magic?" With help again from the wise Baba Babochka and a little mouse, Nadia realizes that she had the answer to her problem all along. A powerful combination of great storytelling and beautiful illustrations, this story frames every picture in an intricate design that comes from the designs of the pysanky. With bright and colorful illustrations, Phyllis Limbacher Tildes does a stupendous job of conveying the emotions of the characters and depicting the countryside of Russia. This book also teaches many Russian words that Tildes translates for the reader in the back of the book. –Kristi Bayne


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-225-4

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-129-1
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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11

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