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.
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.
I loved this book. It has something for all ages. The pictures are bright and wonderful for small children. The pre-teen ages will love the history and stories about monsters. Teenagers will enjoy the symbolism of the colors and images. Adults will understand the easy instructions of making Pysanky. Because making Pysanky can bring a family together with gifts to each other or friends it is the perfect book for the Easter season or any time of the year.
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.
A wonderfully heartwarming story and a colorfully illustrated book that will educate and entertain both children and adults alike. Easy to read and easy to love.
Middle School Teacher
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for Me
Helen Yergensen Librarian
Brighton High School
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 at 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.
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