Rechenka's Eggs Story
From Leah 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!"