The Sunflowers Babushka Planted
by Beatrice Rendón
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Pub Date 01 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 31 Dec 2023
Capstone, Capstone Editions
"When Tania was six years old, she and her parents fled Ukraine during World War II. For years they were refugees in Europe, displaced and without permanent residence. Finally, they found safe housing in a refugee camp, but what about home? Day by day, they stitched together new lives, but it wasn’t until a memory of Tania’s babushka and her beloved sunflowers that the family at last began to rebuild a sense of home.
This true account about debut author Beatrice Rendón’s grandmother offers a universal story of hope for refugees around the world."
Reading Level Age: 5-9
Interest Level Grade: K-3
About the Author
Beatrice Rendón was born and raised in the Midwest. She grew up hearing her family’s stories and how their resourcefulness and resilience helped them survive. She is a former classroom teacher and a lifelong lover of children’s literature. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their cat. This is her first book.
About the Illustrator
Originally from Poland, Olga Baumert studied fine art and jewelry-making before moving to the UK and earning a degree in graphic design and illustration from De Montfort University. Her art is inspired by great stories, interactions between people and nature, and open landscapes—especially ones with tiny figures hiding in them. Olga lives in Leicestershire, England, where she uses a mix of traditional techniques, including gouache, watercolor, acrylics, and colored pencils, to make her art.
A Note From the Publisher
llustrated by Olga Baumert