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Baboushka and the Three Kings
Transcript of Baboushka and the Three Kings
Narration about Baboushka's experience with the wisemen and their journey
Baboushka's thoughts are not verbalized, but expressed in the third person
Baboushka is always on the right side of the spread which is atypical of protagonists
Respresents that enemy of the story is the conflict inside Baboushka
Contains a great amount of white space
The use of white space and panoramic view signifies the vastness of the snow storm and the smallness of Baboushka
by Ruth Robbins
illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov
Russian architecture is prevalent in both style of clothing and architecture itself
Latvian born American, 1924-1993
Studied art in France
Worked in advertising, freelance for the film industry, then started illustrating children's books
One winter's night, Baboushka receives a visit from three kings who are looking for a new born child. She declines the chance to travel with them, then changes her mind and each year renews her search to find the kings and the baby.
Talented art director, author and illustrator of children's books and young adult books
Illustrator used a medium combination of watercolors using only primary colors and a black permament marker that has faded to gray
The whole story is about a journey and every character that is traveling or going somewhere is facing the right
Rhythm & Movement
Many spreads are separated with the words on the left and pictures on the right signifying that point in time/a stand still of the story
When describing people, they take up the page
When people are on the journey, the characters are considerably smaller
By the end, Baboushka is very small in comparison to her surroundings signifying that she is still searching for Christ
This gives the story the feel of its "tale" nature showing that it has not finished
All pictures are drawn and outlined with a black marker using thick lines
This makes the story less realistic but retain a sense of whimsical fantasy
Lines in Baboushka's face shows her aging, as well as her name Baboushka which is an endearing name in Russia for old lady
Only uses gray and primary colors symbolizing the simplicity of the story
Yellow background with red represents warmth and the characters
Babouska only has red signifying her human nature and simple living
The kinds have all three colors representing wealth and royalty
Blue and white represents coldness and the storm outside and objects
Use of straight, parallel lines in the architecture
Winner of the 1961 Caldecott Award
The use of the large marker omits humanlike details making the story more of a tale rather than a real event
The use of only primary colors blue, red and yellow symbolize the simplicity of Baboushka's story
Although capable of illustrating, she chose to simply tell the story
More rounded shapes used in the characters such as their cheeks, rounded heads, bodies and swirls in the Baboushka's shawl
Helps contrast people versus objects in the story
Theme & Moral
Theme: Adventure, Pursuit
It is good to keep our eyes and ears open, so that we don't miss opportunities.
Saying no to adventure can lead to a boring, unexciting life.
Represents the progression of a journey in search for Christ
Only when there is resistence/regret of not joining the journey with the wise men does the she face left
Even the great caravan of people shown below look tiny to emphasize Russia's amount of land compared to the population
A few spreads include both on the entire spread that respresents the trek to find Christ as a picture in movement
Turns to concern from her regret of not joining the wisemen
Conflict inside of Baboushka shown in her facial expressions throughout the story
She is content in cleaning her house in the beginning
Grows to curiosity when the wise men visit
Wisemen visiting Baboushka = door-to-door Gospel ministry
When Baboushka realized later that she should go search for the Child = prompting of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The urgency with which the kings searched for Jesus = is an image of how Christians should persevere to find out more about Christ Jesus.