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Rechenka's Eggs (Paperstar) Paperback – March 19, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Paperstar
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Pap/Cas Re edition (March 19, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698113853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698113855
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.8 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers 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.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 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.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Born Patricia Ann Barber in Lansing, Michigan, to parents of Russian and Ukrainian descent on one side and Irish on the other, Patricia Polacco grew up in both California and Michigan. Her school year was spent in Oakland, California, and summers in her beloved Michigan. She describes her family members as marvelous storytellers. "My fondest memories are of sitting around a stove or open fire, eating apples and popping corn while listening to the old ones tell glorious stories about their homeland and the past. We are tenacious traditionalists and sentimentalists.... With each retelling our stories gain a little more Umph!"Studying in the United States and Australia, Patricia Polacco has earned an M.F.A. and a Ph. D. in art history, specializing in Russian and Greek painting, and iconographic history. She is a museum consultant on the restoration of icons. As a participant in many citizen exchange programs for writers and illustrators, Patricia Polacco has traveled extensively in Russia as well as other former Soviet republics. She continues to support programs that encourage Russo-American friendships and understanding. She is also deeply involved in inner-city projects here in the U.S. that promote the peaceful resolution of conflict and encourage art and literacy programs.The mother of a grown son and a daughter, Patricia Polacco currently resides in Michigan, where she has a glorious old farm that was built during the time of Lincoln.

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The illustrations are beautiful and the story is lovely.
audrey
It is also a wonderful book to read to any child near the time of Easter.
D. Blankenship
My kids love this book so much they wore out their first copy.
Theresa

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This delightful story touched my heart and made me smile . . . It is truly a tale of unfailing loyalty between an unlikely pair: Babushka, an elderly woman and a wounded goose she befriends. The kindness that both show for each other is an important lesson told in the simplicity of Ms. Polacco's writing. A sweet, sweet story that children and adults will both love.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 14, 2004
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This is a terrific book for reading aloud to one child or many. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is lovely. An old lady lives in the Russian countryside and works all year to enter her painted eggs in the easter contest in Moscow. One day she saves an injured goose. When an accident destroys the woman's painted eggs, the goose lays a beautifully decorated egg each morning until it's time for her to fly away once more -- but not before leaving one more miraculous gift.
This is a lovely story that will excite children's imagination, and the beautiful illustrations will charm young and old alike.
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Format: Paperback
"Babushka lived in a dacha, a little house in the country, but she was known far and wide for the fine eggs that she lovingly painted. Her eggs were so beautiful that she always won first prize at the Easter Festival in Moskva."

And so begins one of my favorite books written and illustrated by the prolific Ms. Patricia Polacco. What a sweet and beautiful book this is! I will tell you right now that the illustrations in this work are not only unique, but executed with great skill and caring on Ms. Polacco's part.

This is the story of an old lady who paints Easter Eggs. She is quite well known for it and her fame is wide. The story takes place in prerevolutionary Russia (more about that later) and the author has captured the flavor of that time and place perfectly.

In brief, Old Babushka finds an injured goose..."A hunter did this," Babushka grumbles". She takes the injured bird home and begins nursing it. Through an accident the goose breaks the basket of eggs the old lady has worked so hard on. Both Babushki and the goose, Rechenka feel bad about this as they have become close friends and companions.

The next day Babushka finds that her friend has laid a most wonderfully decorated egg. Day after day a new and more wonderful colored and decorated egg is laid until the original basket of eggs are replaced. All is well. Then day the eggs are to be taken to the fair, the goose returns with a flock to the wild. Ah, Babushka will be lonely. But upon her return she finds that her friend the goose, Rechenka, has left her the most wonderful and astounding gift............!

The art work here is a feast for the eyes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
I love Patricia Polacco's books and this one is no exception! This story is great to use both in and out of the classroom. It is great for reading outloud to children or for them to read to you. I have used it in my lesson plans as a teacher to introduce lessons on different ways people celebrate holidays around the world and in the US. I have students grades K-5 and it has been a favorite with all of them...then again all of Patricia Polacco's books seem to be favorites with any child!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kona VINE VOICE on October 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
Set in Russia, this book tells the story of Babushka, a old grandma who is painting Easter eggs for the big contest in Moscow. She works all winter on her eggs, and also feeds the wild animals that live around her. One day, some hunters shoot a goose; she takes it in and nurses it back to health. She names the goose Rechenka. Quite by accident, Rechenka ruins all of Babuska's beautiful eggs, but she gives the woman magically painted goose eggs in their place. Babushka goes to the contest and wins first prize with Rechenka's fabulous eggs, and when she comes home, she discovers one more very special gift from Rechenka.
Told very simply with large, colorful illustrations, this story is enjoyed by 6-9 year olds. It stresses kindness and gratitude, as well as showing a little about Russian customs. The ending is quite poignant and heartwarming. It's a beautiful book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
Levar burton had this book on reading rainbow episode, and the guest star make ukranian eggs on the show. as a result of watching it with my son that day, i now make between 50 and 75 ukranian style eggs every year for easter. the book is a lovely story and the pictures are unique. if your group or family is of the heritage, the story has more meaning, but if you are a teacher and looking for something special, this would be it. If you need supplies google the ukranian gift shop.I love this story. it's charming, not too long, and is very different.
As a side note, the life of the character is simple and beautiful, and that is also something to discuss in this world were may people have things they take for granted that others do not. I hope you enjoy it as much as me and my family. adding it to your collection is a necessity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Meagher on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Evertything about this book is wonderful...the illustrations, the message, everything! Set in Russia, Polacco delivers another powerful piece of writing with this poignantly beautiful story about a woman who befriends an injured goose. The illustrations are gorgeous and the words go from Polacco's pen directly to your heart.
I teach third grade and use this in my classroom, although my most recent purchase of this title was as a gift for a friend's child. Don't miss this one....would make a wonderful addition to anyone's Easter basket!
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