• Title: Tell Me a Story, Babushka
  • Author: Carola Schmidt
  • Illustrated By: Vinicius Melo
  • Publisher: Independently Published on December 26, 2019
  • Genre: Children’s Fiction
  • Pages: 27
  • Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
  • Rating: 5/5

Trigger Warnings: Mention of Starvation, Concentration Camps, and Brutal Soldiers

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Tell Me a Story, Babushka Blurb

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.

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My Review

Tell Me a Story, Babushka is a sweet moment between a grandmother and granddaughter. Carola Schmidt takes a difficult piece of history and makes it palatable. I admit my ignorance in this area, but Schmidt tells the story in a way that makes me want to investigate.

Karina will never know the terrors Babushka faced. Karina learns about Babushka’s heritage and how she prevailed over the monsters. The woman who took the children to safety was a hero, and I wish I knew more about her.

I always loved the little nesting dolls, but I will never see them without thinking of this story again. The understated importance the dolls play in the story is the key to safety.

The illustrations in this little book are extraordinary. The words are poignant and detailed without being scary. I adore the way Schmidt brought this story to life. I award Tell Me a Story, Babushka a full 5 out of 5 stars. I encourage all parents to pick this book up.

About the Author – Carola Schmidt

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. 

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