Babushka is the tale of an old woman, who was so keen on having everything in her house tidy and proper, that when she has unexpected guests, she misses out on a once in a lifetime chance.
One day, when Babushka is again at her home and busy cleaning, there's a knock on her door and outside are three wise men. They are following a star and as they are tired, they kindly ask Babushka for food and a place to rest. The old woman is happy to oblige and when they sit together and share a meal, she learns, that the men are on their way to visit a newborn baby. They call the child "The Prince of Peace" and in their luggage are presents for him. When they invite Babushka, to join them, she is too busy. To go with them without having washed her dishes? No way!
The following night, Babushka dreams of the child and regrets her decision to stay behind. When she wakes up the in morning, she fills her basket with delicious food and toys for the baby and is on her way, but she doesn't know, where to go. The star isn't shining in the bright sunlight and the snow has covered the tracks of the three travelers. Still, she's determined to go and when she reaches the edge of the forest, there's a poor girl dressed in only a thin dress, shivering with cold. She hands the child a warm knitted shawl from her basket and this is the first of many acts of kindness on her long journey, which still lasts to this day, always handing toys to children and hoping, that she will find Baby Jesus one day.
The book is a beautiful retelling of a classic russian fairytale and the story is enhanced with colourful illustrations. Award winning illustrator Amanda Hall captures the russian feel of the story perfecly. Children will love the wonderfully detailed pictures, which sometimes have a really tranquil feel to them and seem to glow with light. Babushka shows us, that we miss out on important things, if our life just consists of endless work and a lot of meaningless tasks.