Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW and Party Guide w/ GIVEAWAY: P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis


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.


Julie Paschkis attended Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, where she earned a BFA. She taught art to grade school children for several years while working on her own art and illustration. Julie now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children's books. Some of her books include Albert the Fix-It Man; Where Is Catkin?; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary. She lives in Washington.
You can visit Julie Paschkis’s website here.


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My favorite part of this book is definitely the bright, beautiful, delightfully wondrous and yes, spectacular illustrations.  The theme of 'stopping to smell the roses' certainly doesn't hurt anything though.  While all the other chickens lay eggs regularly, P. Zonka does not, she prefers to wander the barnyard admiring the sky and the flowers, and the sky.   But when the other chickens push her into giving egg-laying a try, the results surpass everyone's expectations.  The rooster named Gloria was a nice humorous touch. But my favorite part was still looking at the gorgeous illustrations. Perfect for sharing at Easter or anytime really.  I also loved the connection to Ukrainian holiday traditions.


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  1. Julie Paschkis's art is so lovely and intricate. Can't wait to read this one!


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