Rechenka's Eggs (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Rechenka's Eggs (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Patricia Polacco

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An injured goose rescued by Babushka broke the painted eggs intended for the Easter Festival in Moscva. The injured goose lays 13 marvelously colored eggs to replace them, including one final miracle in egg form, before returning to her own kind.


An injured goose rescued by Babushka broke the painted eggs intended for the Easter Festival in Moscva. The injured goose lays 13 marvelously colored eggs to replace them, including one final miracle in egg form, before returning to her own kind.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An old woman named Babushka always wins first prize in the Easter festival for her exquisitely painted Ukrainian eggs. When she finds a wounded goose outside her house, Babushka takes her in, cares for her until she is strong again, and names her Rechenka. The goose lays an egg each morning for the old woman, but as she begins to heal, she flies around, knocking over Babushka's jars of colored paints and breaking all her Easter eggs. Babushka is miserable, until Rechenka miraculously lays brilliantly colored eggs; the old woman wins first prize once more. Polacco's story is truly rewarding; Babushka's gift for coloring eggs comes across in a splendid array of folkloric patterns, minute detail and batik-like paintings. Babushka is given credit, but the artistry is Polacco's. Intricate designs and opulent colors shade every page, right down to the onion-shaped domes and peasants' festival garments. Ages 4-8. (April)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Babushka lived alone, and spent the long cold days and evenings of winter creating beautifully decorated eggs. One day she finds a injured goose and brings into into her home. Rechenka, the goose is nursed back to good health, but as she grows stronger she accidently destroys alll of the beautiful handpainted eggs prepared for the Spring festival. Babushka goes to bed devastated, but the next morning, the goose lays a beautifully decorated egg and does so for the next twelve days. At the festival in Moskva, Babushka wins first prize for her eggs and heads home with a new feather quilt. In her heart she is a bit said, knowing that it is time for Rechenka to join her flock. But a surprise awaits and it brings joy and companionship to Babushka. The book was a winner of the International Reading Association Children's Book Award.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 Babushka, a kindly, stout old woman, lives in a little house in the country near pre-revolutionary Moscow. She is renowned for the gorgeous Easter eggs that she paints so painstakingly during the long, cold winters and brings to the Easter festival in Moscow. As she is feeding hungry caribou one day, she rescues a wounded goose, names her Rechenka, and tenderly nurses her back to health. While exploring the cottage, Rechenka accidentally smashes Babushka's eggs and subsequently lays 12 beautifully decorated new ones to replace them. While Babushka is in Moscow winning a prize, the goose flies away, but she leaves one last egg in her basket. From it a gosling hatches that becomes Babushka's companion. The writing has a slightly mannered, fairy tale quality. It reads aloud well and is filled with love for the natural and sweetly supernatural miracles which take place. Vivid, extremely decorative paintings enhance and amplify the text. The intricate, colorful patterns of the Ukrainian-style Easter eggs are echoed in areas such as dresses, snowflakes, rugs, and city spires, giving joyous and vigorous life to the illustrations. As a contrast, the faces of Babushka and her friends are done in realistic, gently-caricatured black and white. Patricia Pearl, First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, Va.

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Demco Media
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Paperstar Book Series
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Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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Rechenka's Eggs 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great. I loved the way the eggs looked when Rechenka layed them. I also learned a lot of things from this book like Babushka means grandmother and how you can put two on both sides of an egg and blow the yolk. Rechenka was just what a lonely woman needed. This book taught me a lot about friendship. I loved it! I recommend this book to anyone.
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Merideth50 More than 1 year ago
This book was featured on an episode of Reading Rainbow. They also highlighted Polacco actually crafting beautiful Ukranian Easter Eggs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a child and I absolutely loved it. I can't believe I remember it even now!