Review: The Story of Babushka, by Catherine Flores


A beautifully illustrated book, with a magnificent story that children and tweens will love.

Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers. 


The babushka doll, also known as a matryoshka or Russian nesting doll, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolise Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women. There are some babushka dolls with as many as fifty dolls nested inside.

This is the story of one very special babushka doll and her five bodies.

There was the outermost body, Antonia. She was pure beauty. Everyone who saw her admired her good looks.

Beneath that body of beauty hid Loretta, who was richly adorned. She wore gold ornaments, and her green robe was decorated with many different gems that glittered like the ocean on a sunny day.

Hidden within the rich body was Paula, the body that held all Babushka’s talents. Whatever Paula did, she was sure to succeed. She knew how to work and always did so with joy and determination.

Within the talented body was Viola, the body of wisdom. Viola knew a lot about the world and learned very quickly. She was always full of brilliant ideas and had clever solutions for every problem.

The last body, the smallest of all, was Mary, the embodiment of love. Mary had a warm and compassionate heart and was very helpful. She could dry tears and mend broken hearts. Together, these bodies formed the complete Babushka.

Reading this book, you will learn about:

– The value of friendship and love.

– That financial wealth alone cannot make someone happy.

– Not to judge outer appearance.

– To recognize a person’s value and much more

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My Review

Thanks to Kelly at Love Books Tours for organising this tour and to the author/publisher for my copy of this book.

This is a children’s book but I found it very enjoyable to read, very moving. The five bodies of Babushka go off to do different things, but Mary, the body of love struggles to find her mission in life. One day in autumn she goes for a walk. The walk lasts for days and weeks, and in that time she meets back up with her other four bodies and learns valuable lessons before returning home, where she finds her final lesson. There is a clear message of love and valuing yourself.

The art work is absolutely glorious and adds immensely to the story.

There are free colouring sheets available from the website to go with this book, but you can download a couple from here if you want to have a look at some of the author[s beautiful artwork.

Author Bio

Since quitting her full-time job at a branding communication agency in Zurich, Catherine has gone on to become a successful freelance designer and a children’s author. She spends most of her time on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients from around the world.

She is currently working on the follow up to the 2020 release of “The Story Of Babushka”

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I thought I’d share some of the content of the book, since the author sent sooooo much and it’s rather pretty.

Part of the story
The five women of Babushka
Content page
This is one of the colouring sheets you can download above.

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