Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Janet Balleta’s charming story, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, is based on a Colombian folk tale that Balleta learned from her mother when she was a young child. In the story, Judith and her little brother, Tomas, spend all day on Maundy Thursday with their...
The Talking Eggs: A Review

The Talking Eggs: A Review

First, I want to be absolutely clear: The Talking Eggs is not an Easter story. Yes, it has eggs in it. And some of the eggs talk, and some of them are decorated with gold and silver and jewels. But they’re not Faberge eggs. They have nothing to do with Pascha. And The...
The Baker’s Dozen: A Review

The Baker’s Dozen: A Review

Most children’s book authors have a day job that pays their bills, while they work on their books in the evenings, or on the weekends when they’re not trying to catch up with laundry and cooking. There are exceptions, of course, but not many. I’m a technical writer....
Vasily and the Dragon: A Review

Vasily and the Dragon: A Review

I think it’s fair to say that, after the Theotokos, St. Nicholas is the Orthodox Church’s most beloved saint. He is the patron of more countries and causes and churches and people than any other saint. We celebrate his feastday every year on December 6. We honor him...
Marushka’s Egg: A Review

Marushka’s Egg: A Review

Marushka’s Egg by Elsa Okon Rael starts out as an Easter story. Marushka and her mother get up with the sun to make Easter bread. While the bread rises, Marushka walks, all by herself, to the market to buy an egg for the Easter loaf. She has a penny, and she wants to...

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