Easter Eggs for Anya – A Ukrainian Celebration of New Life in Christ
Illustrated by: Sally Wern Comport
Published by: Zonderkidz (January 23, 2007)
Age: 4 – 7 years
Series: Traditions of faith from around the World
Theme: Faith, Hope and belief, creative
Opening lines: Anya crept to her “praying place” under the hay wagon and pulled her skirts around her for warmth. Even though it was time for spring to spread its sunshine over the Ukraine, the wind was still wintry and the sky was slate-gray.
Synopsis: from the front flap – A Ukrainina Easter celebration involves the exchanging of colourful, hand-decorated psanky eggs, but this year, with Papa away at the war and Mama struggling to make ends meet, Anya’s family is too poor to buy eggs to decorate. That is, until Anya discovers an abandoned nest of goose eggs, and begins planning an Easter surprise for her family. But God has an even better surprise in store, and Anya son learns what the Easter story teaches; spring brings gifts of myriad new beginnings, just as the risen Christ gave the gift of new life to us all.
The Traditions of Faith series illustrates how Christian holiday customs have evolved around the world. Each includes an author’s note about the history of the tradition, and ideas and activities to adopt into one’s own family celebrations.
Why I like this: I was so drawn to the beautiful soft textured illustrations of this book. The story itself is intriguing, warm and simple. Little Anya wants to continue the tradition of giving beautiful hand decorated Easter Eggs to her family. Nature takes a hand and she comes across geese eggs left in a nest. After taking them home Anya soon learns that things don’t always work out the way you expected. Sometimes the unexpected can be even better and a surprise twist at the end makes this an aww… moment. I know you will want to read this again. I did! Being a lover of historical fiction I just loved this one.
Virginia Kroll is the author of over fifty books for children and winner of a 2004 Children’s Choice award. A former elementary school teacher, she lives in New Your with her husband and has six children of her own. Virginia is the first to say that inspiration for her stories come from her children and the many animals she has living at her home and her everyday life.
Sally Wern Comport has been an illustrator for advertising and institutional works for many years before turning her hand to children’s books. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Resources/Findings: Here is a lovely interview with Virginia http://www.childrenslit.com/childrenslit/mai_kroll_virginia.html
With Easter around the corner, now is the time to remember the celebration of Easter, like Anya the joy of giving, like spring it is the beauty of new life and a new world. Time to make those decorative Easter eggs, hats, and cards.
Decorating Easter Eggs Craft for kids…. http://www.kidspot.com.au/Easter-Crafts-How-to-decorate-Easter-eggs+4860+162+article.htm
Easter crafts for kids… http://spoonful.com/easter/easter-crafts
Here are some cute Easter crafts for young kids…. http://www.ivillage.ca/parenting/easy-crafts-children/easter-crafts-activities-toddlers-kids-15-cute-easy-ideas-bunnies-egg
Pop over and visit the lovely author, Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with books reviewed by many authors.