The Return

The Return

Written by: Chernysheva, Natalia
Illustrated by: Chernysheva, Natalia
ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2

Coming home from her independent city life, a young woman rediscovers childlike wonder and comfort at her grandmother’s house.

A young woman gets on the bus and rides out of the big city. She arrives in the countryside, where she is as big as a giant, looming over a tiny house, a garden and her tiny grandmother. The cabbages and the apple trees are far below. Her grandmother smiles up at her in her yellow hat. The young woman bends down to give her little grandmother a big kiss, and then she smells her grandmother’s cooking. She has returned home. When they sit down at the table, the young woman has shrunk to a child-like size, and the two share a meal together in the garden.

In this gentle, wordless story Natalia Chernysheva beautifully captures the feelings of coming home to comfort and memories and of returning to our childlike selves.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Coming home from her independent city life, a young woman rediscovers childlike wonder and comfort at her grandmother’s house.

A young woman gets on the bus and rides out of the big city. She arrives in the countryside, where she is as big as a giant, looming over a tiny house, a garden and her tiny grandmother. The cabbages and the apple trees are far below. Her grandmother smiles up at her in her yellow hat. The young woman bends down to give her little grandmother a big kiss, and then she smells her grandmother’s cooking. She has returned home. When they sit down at the table, the young woman has shrunk to a child-like size, and the two share a meal together in the garden.

In this gentle, wordless story Natalia Chernysheva beautifully captures the feelings of coming home to comfort and memories and of returning to our childlike selves.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Oct 1, 2019
Specifications 36 pages | 9.5 in x 7 in

Praise for Natalia Chernysheva and The Return:

2020 USBBY Outstanding International Books List

“As comforting as a home-cooked meal.” — Kirkus, starred review

“Readers of all ages will enjoy working together to craft a story and dialogue to accompany the emotional imagery of this book.” — School Library Journal

“[A] spare, eloquent, affecting story.” — Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast Blog

Audience ages 4 to 7 / grades K to 2
Reading Levels Lexile NP
Common Core CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7