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              Yusef & Yara
May Gardening Paper Dolls

The paper dolls for May are Yusef & Yara. Learn more about gardening with kids through the link on their page. feel free to download and print the 'to be colored' version, the 'pre-colored' version, or both.  

To download a pre-colored or an uncolored pattern, click HERE.

To see more paper dolls and printables click on

Free Printables in the menu bar above.

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My Fairy Village Coloring Book


   is now available on Amazon 

What can you do with the Fairy Village Coloring Book?

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My picture book Pysanky Promise describes how to make a Ukrainian Easter egg.


My Pysanky Coloring Book, gives you the chance to color your own egg. It also has a chart that shows you symbols, colors and their meanings.


Using this guide you can color an egg for a specific person. For example: If you wanted to thank a teacher, you could color an egg with a geometric diamond pattern that means knowledge and the color purple that stands for patience. Or color an egg with meaning that is significant to you. 

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Pysanky Promise

A story about family traditions and the art of Ukrainian Easter eggs.

When Alena learns her grandmother's hands have grown too shaky to make pysanky (Ukrainian Easter eggs), she learns the art herself, hoping to heal her grandmother's heart. The book explains the method for making pysanky, as well as a bit about the history, symbolism and tradition behind the craft.

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Pysanky Promise

Pysanky Easter Egg
    Coloring Book

Fairy Village 
   Coloring Book


I enjoyed reading Pysanky Promise. The story was sweet with touches of humor. I loved how the author wove facts about pysanky history, folklore and creation into the narrative. It's an enjoyable story that introduces a unique part of Ukrainian culture.

Sierra Wilson
Author of
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for Me

Love this book as it is more than just a coloring book. My 10 year old daughter is intrigued by the meaning of the colors and symbols. I knew very little about Pysanky eggs and it was fun to learn more about the elaborate designs on them. My daughter is excited to color the eggs and put her own meaning through colors with the symbols. This would be a wonderful gift for an older child's Easter basket or just a fun book to get and enjoy on your own.

This coloring book, when completed by a young user, will create an entire fairy village. 

Unlike traditional paper dolls, these do not come with outfits. One is meant to play with them by placing them in the colored pages, not dress them in cutout clothes.   

The approach will delight kids who like to color, who want an integrated whimsical fairy theme and village, and who will enjoy the paper dolls when coloring is complete.

      L. Elder

Amazon review

Midwest Book Review


Cathy Witbeck is a Canadian born author-illustrator transplanted to the USA. She remembers writing and drawing ever since she could pick up a pencil. She did an especially lovely piece of artwork on the side of the septic tank with house paint at a very young age. Perhaps that’s when it was discovered that she was gifted, or maybe it’s why she was sent to the USA.

She has five grown kids and one grown husband. When she isn’t writing and illustrating, she wishes she was writing and illustrating and not folding the laundry.

I would love to visit your school

I love to write, I love to illustrate and I love it when I find kids that have the same passion. I would love to come to your school and tell your class about pysanky, writing, illustrating or all three. Feel free to contact me to set up a school visit in Utah.


Heads up. The best writing book I have ever found for kids is Writing Magic by Gail Carson Levine. You can find it on Amazon. It is a great starter book for kids who really want to write.


Contact Cathy 

Please include your email, name, and a message so I can respond to your inquiry.

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