Piccolina and the Easter Bells: A Review

Piccolina and the Easter Bells: A Review

When I’m reviewing a picture book, I usually start with the story. But for Piccolina and the Easter Bells, I want to start with the art. Piccolina and the Easter Bells is an old book, almost as old as I am. When it was first published, color printing was far more...
The Magic Babushka: A Review

The Magic Babushka: A Review

Phyllis Limbacha Tildes, author and illustrator of The Magic Babushka, knew something about butterflies that I didn’t know. She knew that, in Slavic culture, butterflies were once associated with witches. Perhaps it’s because of the way caterpillars change into...
Emma’s Easter: A Review

Emma’s Easter: A Review

When I wrote Catherine’s Pascha, I had not heard of Tekla’s Easter, which is long out of print. And of course, when I wrote Catherine’s Pascha, it would be many years before Lisa Bullard would write Emma’s Easter. (Although I wrote my story first, she published first....
Catherine’s Pascha is Available in Australia

Catherine’s Pascha is Available in Australia

Illustrator R.J. Hughes brought a little bit of Australia to Catherine’s Pascha, when she added St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Coober Pedy, South Australia, to the illustrations. And now Archangel Raphael Book House has brought Catherine’s Pascha to Australia!...
Pascual and the Kitchen Angels: A Review

Pascual and the Kitchen Angels: A Review

Even though “Pascual” means Pascha, Tomie dePaola’s Pascual and the Kitchen Angels isn’t a Pascha book. It’s a folk tale about Saint Pascual. And it is every bit as delightful as you expect a book by dePaola to be. Saints who Cook Saint Pascual...

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