Many years ago my friend Charlotte was searching for a book about Pascha (Easter) to read to her young children. Not finding what she was looking for she wrote her own book. Today Phoenix Flair Press is releasing Catherine’s Pascha.
Written by Charlotte Riggle and illustrated by R.J. Hughes, Catherine’s Pascha tells the story of celebrating Pascha through the eyes of one little girl. The story begins at Catherine’s normal bedtime on Holy Saturday and continues until Catherine and her family return home from the Pascha celebration. We experience the joyous celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ through Catherine’s eyes. Her excitement is contagious.
The story is simple enough for young children to follow and engaging enough to delight adult readers. The illustrations are detailed and add multiple layers to the story making it fun to read again and again just to notice the things you did not see the first several times.
I’m not just excited about this book because it is an adorable way to share about Eastern Orthodox Pascha (Easter) but as a home schooler, it’s a great way to sneak in some school while learning about Pascha. The Catherine’s Pascha website has a section just for activities that includes book activities, lesson plans and educational activities for both younger and older children. There are even crafts listed!
Supergirl got to hear the story read aloud by the author. She also got to look at the book in a special PDF copy that I had. She begged me to purchase the book. What she didn’t know was that I had already planned on purchasing a copy. I wish I had a picture of the look on her face when I handed her the already beloved book. Like Catherine her favorite foods are Cheetos and hot dogs. She has been walking around the house hugging the book.
Awhile ago Tailorbear had the opportunity to read the book aloud while babysitting. You can read her perspective here.
************Note: I purchased a copy of this book. I was not required to write a review. I am posting because my daughter loves the book and we both love the book’s author. I received no compensation of any kind for this post. **********************