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Groundwood Books

The Return

Written by Natalia Chernysheva

For students in grades K - 2 | Published October 01, 2019 | ISBN 9781773062099
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational

Cover of The Return

Regular price $17.95 CAD

36 pages | 7 in × 9.5 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

The Return

Natalia Chernysheva

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:

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.

About the Author

Natalia Chernysheva

Natalia Chernysheva is a director, animator and artist. She is the director of four award-winning films: The Gossamer (2016), Deux Amis (2014), Le Retour (2013) and Snowflake (2012). Natalie studied graphics and animation at Ural State Academy of Architecture and Art, and she has worked as an animator, artist and designer on animated films, including That Is the Wedding (2011) and Letter (2011). She studied at La Poudrière film school in Paris.

Awards and Praise

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

  • Commended USBBY Outstanding International Book, 2020
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