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June 1, 2016

Happy Easter—Happy Spring!

One of the things I’ve always loved about Easter is the sense of community it brings. It doesn’t seem to matter if you choose to observe the day in church celebrating in song and worship or if you spend the day welcoming spring by hosting an Easter egg hunt and watching a parade—it always seems like people unite in a truly wonderful way.

One of my favorite books related to Easter is Patricia Polacco’s Chicken Sunday. Based on experiences from her own life, the book showcases community, tradition, sacrifice, and family bonds in a unique way. Miss Eula is a neighbor who serves as a surrogate grandmother for young Trisha. Trisha is welcomed as a family member—enjoying Sunday dinners, learning family stories, and bonding with Miss Eula’s grandchildren as if they were her siblings. Noticing that Miss Eula has been admiring a beautiful hat, the children try to figure out a way to earn the money to buy it for her. They end up using a tradition from Trisha’s Russian family—decorating beautiful pysanky eggs—to do so.

I appreciate how both the text and the illustrations acknowledge that ethnic, religious, and cultural differences exist, but we don’t have to let them divide us from one another. From start to finish, it’s about celebrating the ones you love, honoring family and community traditions, and appreciating the sacrifices we make for those we care about.
Chicken Sunday is currently available in Club Shop.

You can see Patricia Polacco decorating pysanky eggs in this video from Reading Rainbow.

A teaching guide, “Ukranian Painted Eggs and Patricia Polacco: A Perfect Pairing” can be found here.

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5 Responses

  1. I LOVE WHAT Y DID FOR EASTER

  2. IS YOUR NAME HEATHER AND CAN U SEND ME A POAM

  3. Easter is all about thanking god for dying for our sins and us communicating with others around us that we don’t even know.They always say if you don’t know that its always good to communicate with them to not also talking but to get to know them a little bit because just because your talking with them does mean that your not getting to know them.

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