Title: Rechenka's Eggs
Author and Illustrator: Patrica Polacco
Publisher: Paperstar (Part of Penguin Group)
Rechenka's Eggs is, without question, my very favorite Easter book, so I have saved it for last. It tells the story of a Russian Babushka, known for her beautifully painted Easter Eggs, which she labors over all the cold long winter. She is a good woman, and provides what she can for animals as they begin to creep out of hibernation in the Spring.
One day a wounded goose lands in her yard, and she brings it in and cares for it. She binds it's wing, and feeds it cake and tea, and makes a place for it in her home. And she names the bird Rechenka. Then as Rechenka has gotten stronger and stronger, she knocks over Babushka's basket full of beautiful eggs, breaking them all. The whole winter's work is lost, and Babushka is so sad and upset. But her kindness towards Rechenka will not go un-rewarded: there next morning there is a bright and colorful surprise in Rechenka's nest.
This beautiful story is enhanced by Polacco's lush and detailed illustrations. She weaves together images with layers of color, pattern, mixing simple black and white line drawings with pasted icons, and the bright colors of the Russian city. It is a feast for the eyes, and a joy for the heart, and therefore, it is perfect for Easter.
*Nota Bene: I will not be posting till next Tuesday, as I am taking an Easter break. I hope you all have a blessed Easter, and will see you next week.