UNCLE VOVA'S TREE by Patricia Polacco. (for ages 4-8)
"For the children in an extended family of Russian immigrants, Christmas at Uncle Vova's provides a literal and visual feast.
There is the savory porridge, kutya (each aunt's recipe is different); there are paper ornaments, a sleigh ride and, not least, Vova's loving decoration of an evergreen for the animals outside. The year after Vova's death, the family's sorrow is tempered by the miraculous sight of the animals decorating Vova's tree... Patricia Polacco highlights intriguing details of Russian holiday lore and also pays tribute to the importance of honoring one's heritage by preserving tradition." - Publisher's Weekly
|Traditional Kutya porridge|
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