Easter Eggs Pysanka Style: Video, Picture Books and GIVEAWAY

Easter Eggs Pysanka Style: Video, Picture Books and GIVEAWAY

In celebration of Easter, I wanted to share this video and two picture books about the Ukranian craft of egg painting called Pysanka.

A pysanka is a Ukrainian Easter egg, decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs using a wax-resist (batik) method. The word pysankacomes from the verb pysaty, “to write”, as the designs are not painted on, but written with beeswax.

Many other eastern European ethnic groups decorate eggs using wax resist for Easter. These include the Belarusians (пісанка, pisanka), Bulgarians (писано яйце, pisano yaytse),Croats (pisanica), Czechs (kraslice), Hungarians (hímestojás), Lithuanians (margutis), Poles (pisanka), Romanians (ouă vopsite, incondeiate or impistrite), Russians (расписанное яйцо “rаspisannoe yaitsо”), Serbs (pisanica), Slovaks (kraslica), Slovenes (pisanica, pirhi or remenke) and Sorbs (jejka pisać). from Wikipedia

If you want one of your own, I found an Katya Trischuk on Etsy who sells gorgeous hand painted ones.

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Rechanka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco

Babushka, known “far and wide” for her beautifully painted eggs, spends the winter months in preparation for the Easter Festival in Moskva, where they always win first prize.

One snowy day, Babushka is drawn from her work by the sounds of caribou. While she is outside admiring their beauty, an injured goose falls from the sky. A kindhearted woman, Babushka brings the goose into her home to bandage the wound, and care for the creature until she is well again. A “miracle,” Babushka names Rechenka.

One afternoon when Rechenka is beginning to feel better, she jumps onto Babushka’s worktable, overturning jars of paint and destroying all of her wonderful eggs. With her work shattered in pieces, Babushka gives up on going to the spring festival.

The next morning a remarkable surprise awaits Babushka! Rechenka had laid the “most brilliantly colored egg that she had ever seen.” And each morning until the day of the festival, Babushka finds another beautiful egg.

However, with the arrival of spring, Babushka knows it is time for her to say goodbye to Rechenka. Although saddened by their separation, Babushka sets out to the festival, only this time it is Rechenka’s unique eggs that win first prize.

A warm story of friendship, Rechenka’s Eggs concludes with one more surprise, a gift from Rechenka, awaiting Babushka’s return! In the sweet, old woman’s words, Rechenka’s “special gift” is “All a miracle!” [picture book, ages 4 and up]

P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis

If you are familiar with the picture book classic The Story of Ferdinand (the Bull), this is the chicken version of that story with a pysanka twist! [picture book, ages  4 and up]

Throw a Pysanka Party

Interested in throwing your own decorated egg party? Here’s a guide of what to get and how to do it!


Pysanka Picture Book Giveaway

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Beautiful! I love Julie Paschkis! Her art is amazing!


  2. You are thinking about egg coloring! Rechenka’s Eggs is one of my favorite books. I bought it for my daughter many years ago and we still have it today. I love the intricate Russian designs. Lovely review.
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  3. Laura

    What a fun tradition and such beautiful eggs! I tried to enter the giveaway but it said it hasn’t started yet 🙁 do you know when it will open?

  4. Absolutely love Patricia Polacco’s books. And those eggs are truly beautiful, Mia. I got to see some during a visit to Russia many years ago. Some are real jewels. The tradition of painting eggs for Easter is lovely and I miss it now that my kids are all in college. Thanks for the lovely post.
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  5. Alyssa Annico

    The eggs are beautiful and I would love the books for my library!

  6. That video was mesmerizing! and I love anything by Patricia Polacco. I’m having a go at the giveaway for the other one.
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  7. I have one of my Grandmother Lazutin’s dyed eggs and it’s beautiful!

  8. Renee MDBR

    It is incredible how people can paint such intricate designs on an egg. They are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your recommendations in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  9. Rosanne

    I like to decorate egges with crayons and then after they are dyed to glue items on them

  10. Yes she made the egg.

  11. We dye them and put stickers on them!!
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  12. Leela

    I like using dyes and paints.

  13. Kathy Pease

    I usually just use food coloring to decorate my eggs

  14. Kaitlin Mark

    We dye them and then draw on them with markers!

  15. John Kershaw

    We use food coloring and try to make patterns

  16. Melissa Shirley

    Yes they are so beautiful. We actually did a lesson on this book in the second grade class I work in and learned about the author. What a beautiful talent she has.

  17. Lily Kwan

    with cute and fun designs

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