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)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Preserving Traditions

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

To read about more Russian Christmas Traditions, CLICK HERE
Want to make a cute paper Russian Doll?

1 comment:

  1. Thank you Wendy! We're working on a Christmas Around the World project for Gregory - and he's doing a presentation at a homeschool coop on Russia. This and your Russia Christmas page are SUPER helpful! We LOVE Patricia Polacco - but did not have this book - thank you!