The Story of Babushka | Book Tour

The Story of Babushka Blog and Review Tour
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August 14-24

Today is my tour stop for The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores! This is a heartwarming children’s tale about friendship, love and the meaning of life.
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Story of Babushka Information

The Story of Babushka by
Catherine Flores
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The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores
Illustrator: Ana Beatriz Marques
Publisher: ACL Creative Studio
Genre: Children’s Fantasy
Length: 120 pages (with over 50 illustrations!)
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Release Date: July 29, 2020

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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.

Author Information

The Story of Babushka

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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 lives on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients around the world.

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My Review

*I received a copy of ‘The Story of Babushka’ through Turn the Page Tours and the publisher, for exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

When I began reading The Story of Babushka, I thought I was going to read a quick story with an equally quick ending. However, I had no idea that this children’s tale would pull on my emotions! Babushka is comprised of five components: beauty, wealth, talent, wisdom, and love. One by one, each layer seeks out their personal happiness. As the years go by, they learn that the road to contentment is filled with one valuable lesson: community.

Each body has a special gift, yet each piece encompasses the whole self. They shine when sharing their blessings to others, yet without the other layers, they cannot prosper. I enjoy this lesson of teamwork that Babushka shares with its readers. Each body needs their support system in order to shine.

The Story of Babushka‘s Lovely Illustrations!

The Story of Babushka Illustration

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I was completely enamored by the illustrations throughout the book! Ana Beatriz Marques created stunning images, pairing nicely with a wonderful story. Adults can apply a Picture Walk with young children while learning about Babushka’s journey!

In addition to beautiful illustrations, Catherine Flores also offers coloring pages to accompany the story, which I will feature below!

Book Recommendations

While I feel that the length of the book would be suitable for older children, The Story of Babushka is valuable for all ages! As mentioned before, younger children would benefit from the visual aids given, such as the coloring pages and character cut-outs. While browsing through photos, you can ask children what each body of Babushka should do next!

Final Thoughts

The Story of Babushka is so valuable! It teaches the lesson that one needs a support system to manage life’s challenges. It’s a wonderful story for everyone!

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The Story of Babushka Coloring Pages

The Story of Babushka Coloring Page: Group
The Story of Babushka Coloring Page: Viola with a young woman

Characters (Print to use as Cut-Outs)

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Cover Reveal | The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short

I’m very excited to take part in ‘The Skald’s Black Verse’ Cover Reveal! Thank you to Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part!

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The Skald’s Black Verse by Jordan Loyal Short
Book 1 in The Dreadbound Ode series
Genre: Epic Gridmark Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: August 6, 2020 (re-release)


When a soldier’s murder sparks rebellion in the tiny village of Skolja, Brohr’s past marks
him as the prime suspect. Haunted by his brother’s ghost, and drawn into a web of dark
pacts and tangled loyalties, Brohr must choose between the path of vengeance set
before him, and a chance to forge his own fate.

From the shadows, an all but extinct race of alien demigods have begun the end game
of their millennia-spanning war, and one has chosen Brohr for his closing gambit.
But Brohr’s grandfather harbors a dark secret that will change everything.

Above it all, a dread portent looms in the sky, spelling the death of Brohr’s world. With
doom spiraling toward them, Brohr must lead an unlikely rebellion, unearth disturbing
family secrets, and tame the raging ghost that haunts him. Can Brohr lead his people
out of darkness, or will he succumb to his own terrifying bloodlust, and destroy the very
people he has sworn to save?

Author Information

Jordan Loyal Short is a debut author of epic fantasy. His first novel, The Skald’s Black
Verse, is a dark and beautiful story about families, cultures, and beliefs at war with
themselves. The protagonist, Brohr, must navigate the tangled loyalties and unforgiving
biases of a planet conquered by invaders from another world. Using black magic, and
the bizarre bond he shares with his stillborn brother’s spirit, Brohr unravels the truth
about himself and an eon spanning war that has reached its end game. Jordan has
worked in a variety of industries, as a waiter, bartender, copywriter and more. He lives in
Washington state with his wife where he is currently daydreaming about the end of the world.

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Book Tour: ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ by Patrick Samphire | A Review

Patrick Samphire 'Shadow of a Dead God', a Mennik Thorn Novel. Book Tour: July 5th-July 11. 

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Today is my stop in the ‘Shadow of a Dead God’ Book Tour! Thank you so much to Storytellers on Tour for allowing me to take part. Click the banner above to check out the other amazing contributors!

Book Information

Shadow of a Dead God, A Mennik Thorn Novel by Patrick Samphire


Shadow of a Dead God: A Mennik Thorn Novel
by Patrick Samphire
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 460 pages
Age Group: Adult
Release Date: May 27, 2020

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A dead god. A brutal murder. A second-rate mage.

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favor to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he wants to get out of this: he is going to have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…

Author Information

Patrick Samphire started writing when he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of getting out of English lessons. It didn’t work, but he kept on writing anyway.

He has lived in Zambia, Guyana, Austria and England. He has been charged at by a buffalo and, once, when he sat on a camel, he cried. He was only a kid. Don’t make this weird.

Patrick has worked as a teacher, an editor and publisher of physics journals, a marketing minion, and a pen pusher (real job!). Now, when he’s not writing, he designs websites and book covers. He has a PhD in theoretical physics, which means that all the unlikely science in his books is actually true. Well, most of it. Well, some of it. Maybe.

Patrick now lives in Wales, U.K. with his wife, the awesome writer Stephanie Burgis, their two sons, and their cat, Pebbles. Right now, in Wales, it is almost certainly raining.

He has published almost twenty short stories and novellas in magazines and anthologies, including Realms of Fantasy, Interzone, Strange Horizons, and The Year’s Best Fantasy, as well as one fantasy novel for adults, SHADOW OF A DEAD GOD, and two novels for children, SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and THE EMPEROR OF MARS.

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My Thoughts

**I received a copy of Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire through Storytellers on Tour, in exchange for an honest review**

‘Shadow of a Dead God’ introduces us to Mennik Thorn. Mennik is a mage that never quite got the grasp of magic. When he and his friend Benny get wrapped into a heap of trouble, Mennik stops at nothing in order to make things right.

I appreciated the non stop action played out in Shadow of a Dead God! Mennik has the support of the little found family of Benny and his daughter. Mennik is very imperfect in his magical abilities, yet he’s determined to rectify the complications set forth by his actions. I love a flawed yet honest character!

Although the risks Mennik endures are high, he stops at nothing to make sure he and Benny get their names cleared. They also receive help from characters who lean toward the dark side, yet are loyal to a fault. I feel that readers will enjoy the antics depicted in Shadow of a Dead God. It is a very addicting fantasy tale!

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