The Sweetest Easter Basket Treats

The Sweetest Easter Basket Treats

When my kids were small, I wasn’t a big fan Easter baskets full of candy. It’s not that I didn’t allow my kids to have candy. I did. But they’d had candy, lots of candy, at Halloween and Christmas and Valentine’s Day. For them, candy was the ordinary way to celebrate...
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....
Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

So many holidays are defined by the foods we eat on them. For me, it’s turkey and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving. Ham on Christmas. Black-eyed peas and coconut cake on New Year’s Day. And on Pascha, for many years, it’s been cheese and sausage balls. But the...

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