Baboushka and the Three Kings

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Baboushka and the Three Kings
CM baboushka.jpg
Cover with Caldecott Medal seal
Author Ruth Robbins
Illustrator Nicolas Sidjakov
Cover artist Sidjakov
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Parnassus Press
Publication date
Pages 28 pp., color illus.[1]
398.2/1/0947 E
LC Class PZ8.1.R5 Bab[1]

Baboushka and the Three Kings is a children's picture book written by Ruth Robbins, illustrated by Nicolas Sidjakov, and published by Parnassus Press in 1960. Sidjakov won the annual Caldecott Medal as illustrator of the year's "most distinguished American picture book for children".[2]

Parnassus was a small press in Berkeley, California, established in 1957 by Herman Schein, the husband of writer-illustrator Ruth Robbins.[3] Sidjakov illustrated one of its first books and during the next several years it published at least three picture books he created with Robbins as writer.[4]

Baboushka and the Three Kings retells a "Russian folktale about an old woman's endless search for the Christ child".[5] A recent retelling asks in preface, "All of you have heard of Santa Claus, but have you heard of Baboushka?"[6]

The 28-page book includes a song "Baboushka", verse by Edith M. Thomas and musical score by Mary Clement Sanks.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Baboushka and the three kings". Library of Congress Catalog Record. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  2. ^ "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938–Present". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The Randolph Caldecott Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  3. ^ "Smud-ged in Earthsea". Peter D. Sieruta. Collecting Children's Books ( March 2, 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  4. ^ "Sidjakov, Nicolas". WorldCat. Retrieved 2014-07-26.
  5. ^ "Baboushka and the Three Kings". Google Books. Retrieved 2014-07-26. Internally the note quotes a Booklist review: "The strikingly effective pictures are distinctive in design and rich in color."
  6. ^ "Baboushka, the gift-giver". Retold by Sumathi Sudhakar. The Hindu ( December 24, 2012. Retrieved 2014-07-26. Closing: "A Christmas Legend from Russia".

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Preceded by
Nine Days to Christmas
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Once a Mouse