Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Was the First "Easter Egg" Red?

EASTER BOOK GIVEAWAY! Revised 4/12/14: Giveaway over - Congratulations to Anne Lawson! Today I'm giving away a beautiful new children's book from Ancient Faith Publishing: The Miracle of the Red Egg, by Elizabeth Crispina Johnson and illustrated by Daria Fisher.

Whether or not you encourage the "Easter Bunny" and egg hunts in your family, Christians have long viewed eggs as symbols of the Resurrection - as an egg lies dormant, it contains a new life sealed within it, just as Christ's body was resurrected to new life from a sealed tomb.

At "Pascha" (Easter), Orthodox Christians all over the world dye and bless RED eggs.  And finally there is a children's book about how this tradition started...

Way back in apostolic times, there was a blessed miracle that involved St. Mary Magdalene, an unbelieving Roman Emperor named Tiberius, and an EGG that turned RED.


I think your whole family will enjoy this wonderful new book for kids that brings to life the reality and power of Christ's Resurrection...

You can preview a little more of the book here.  The story is very nicely told by Elizabeth Johnson (What Do You Hear, Angel?), with pretty pastel illustrations by Daria Fisher (Lucia, St. of Light).  At the back of the book you'll find an icon image and hymn for Mary Magdalene's feast day, a prayer for the "Blessing of the Eggs", the Paschal Troparion and Greeting, and a historical note.

Want to dye your own red eggs? You can order a $6.00 kit imported from Greece from Ancient Faith Publishing as well.  The book is available to order by clicking the link here.

To enter for a chance to win my review copy...
-Post a comment here on my blog post
-Comment on my G.B.F.Y.S. Facebook page link for this post
-Mailing address must be within the U.S. 
Giveaway ends this Friday (April 11, 2014) at 11:59 PST.  
Winner announced on Saturday, April 12, 2014.


  1. The book looks absolutely beautiful!

  2. It is, Claire - and I forgot to mention that it's a hard cover edition that I'm giving away. :)

  3. I'm a homeschooling mom, a children's librarian, and a children's pastor - I could use this book three times over!

  4. The illustrations look beautiful!

  5. What a lovely book! I love when stories like this are put into children's book form, the kids just fall in love with them

  6. What a treat this would be!

  7. Alexandra GonzalezThursday, April 10, 2014

    This book looks so nice. We are almost there too...dyeing eggs! Thank you! Kali Anastasi! Have a blessed Pascha!

  8. We wold love to read more about this story!

  9. Oooh, count me in! This looks lovely, and would be perfect for our little Easter/Pascha collection of books we're collecting. I'm planning on dying some eggs with cabbage and instant coffee grounds soon....hope they turn out!

  10. I would love to read this book to my grandchildren!

  11. I wold a way to differentiate the Orthodox tradition from the Easter bunny stuff. Also, as a matushka and mother of three (all under three) it will be helpful when we start homeschooling.

  12. Congratulations to Anne Lawson - List Randomizer picked you! Send me an email with your address, and I'll get "The Miracle of the Red Egg" right off to you - hopefully in time for Easter!