Extraordinary hen P. Zonka spends her time taking in the beauty around her: shiny green grass, buttery yellow dandelions, deep blue sky. The other hens can’t understand why she never lays eggs like they do. Finally, P. Zonka gives in and lays an egg. To everyone’s delight, she produces a wondrous egg containing all the colors and designs that she stores in her imagination.
This beautifully illustrated story by Julie Paschkis is available in English and French (in which the hen is called Pysanka). With a focus on beauty and creativity, it is bright, cheerful and a joy to read with a positive message – to be yourself.
With this book you also learn about the traditional Ukrainian Easter egg, « Pysanka », decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs. This celebration of Ukrainian decorated eggs perfectly supports the story of a chicken marching to the beat of her own drum.
To learn more about Ukrainian egg designs and how they are made, go to http://www.pysanky.info.
About the author
Julie Paschkis, a former art teacher, now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children’s books. To learn more about the author/illustrator, go to http://www.juliepaschkis.com.
For an activity related to Pysanka, Spring and Easter why not try painting a boiled egg with your own designs, or colouring in decorative eggs on paper or card.