My pysanky (Easter egg) coloring book
is now available for pre-order on Amazon
A table that explains the meaning behind the colors and symbols used to make pysanky is included at the front of the book.
You can use the table to color a page with a specific person in mind, using colors and symbols that mean something to them.
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.
Middle School Teacher
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.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is for Me
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.
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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