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Picture the Alphabet is more than an ABC book, it's a look and find experience. Each letter of the alphabet has a page with a fun scene and a page with individual images of items that start with the letter.
Hidden objects that also begin with the letter are scattered on the scene page and the image page. There are three hidden images on each page.
The book gives older kids the fun of reading alliterative text, while younger children will enjoy searching for the hidden objects on each page.
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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.
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.
Pysanky Easter Egg
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
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.
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.