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To go with our study of Easter in Ukraine, we read The Birds' Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story retold by Eric A. Kimmel.This is a wonderful story of a girl and her family and eventually her village take in birds when winter comes early. The villagers are rewarded in the spring with the first pysanky.
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To go with our look at Easter in Russia, we read two books. The first The Magic Babushka by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes is a wonderful story about a young girl, Nadia, who lives with her grandfather. Unfortunately Nadia has poor eyesight and cannot see details of things. Nadia longs to create pysanky like the other girls in her village, but her vision just makes it impossible. One day she frees a butterfly from a spider's web and the butterfly turns into an old grandmother. She realizes right away that the woman is the legendary Baba Babochka. Baba Babochka has a magic babushka that can grant wishes, but she has gone into hiding as a butterfly when a tsar wanted her to use her magic for evil. Baba Babochka grants Nadia a wish as long as it is for her alone and she never tells anyone about seeing her. Nadia wishes to have the pysanky of her dreams. She is given the magic babushka to make her wish possible. Nadia realizes the next morning as she looks at the beautiful eggs it was a silly wish. She hides them when she hears a knock at the door. A young man needs help with his injured horse. She tends to the horse and the young man finds the pysanky. He takes them to bring to his aunt the tsarina so he will not get in trouble for breaking her rule. His aunt loves the pysanky and sends for Nadia. She demands Nadia create new pysanky for her to prove she made the first ones. Nadia does not know what to do since her visions is still so bad, but with the help of Baba Babochka and the magic babushka she vision is improved and she can finally create all the designs in her imagination. Eventually she marries the prince (tsarina's nephew).
The second book is Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco. This is a tale of an old woman named Babushka. She always wins first prize at the Easter festival. She lives near Moscow. One day she finds a goose with a wounded wing. She takes the goose in and names her Rechenka. She nurses Rechenka back to health. One day Rechenka tries to fly again but in doing so she destroys all of Babushka's beautiful eggs. The next morning Rechenka has laid eggs of intricate designs and bright colors to replace them. While Babushka is at the Easter festival, Rechenka leaves to be on her own again, but she leaves one more egg behinds which hatches and the gosling becomes Babushka's companion.
So that is our look at Easter in Ukraine and Russia. I would like to try to make a Ukrainian style egg and have seen a few easy craft methods in the various books. All of my sources for this post are in the books above. If you would like to see more Easter and multicultural posts check out:
- Multicultural Easter Books
- My Easter Craft Round-Up
- Easter in Guatemala
- Multicultural Children's Book Day--Rainbow Stew
- Multicultural Children's Book Day--Julie the Black Belt Series
- My Easter Pinterest Board
- My Multicultural Resource Pinterest Board
- Easter in Sweden
- Legend of the Sand Dollar (an Easter Story)
- Easter in Spain, Portugal and France
- Easter in Ethiopia