An injured goose rescued by Babushka, having broken the painted eggs intended for the Easter Festival in Moscva, lays thirteen marvelously colored eggs to replace them, then leaves behind one final miracle in egg form before returning to her own kind.
A teacher could include this title in stories about Russia, Russian culture, folktales, or Easter traditions. Librarians can feature this book for Easter displays and international/world folktale displays or programs.
This book could be used to illustrate Russian culture or introduce art and the rare art forms of the past, like egg painting. It could also just be read for enjoyment, and conveys the message that animals and artwork are beautiful and should be appreciated.
To repay her misdeed, Rechenka provides one multicolored egg each day to Babushka. When she is healed and must fly away, she leaves a special egg -- one that hatches, leaving a lovely baby gooseling who will stay with Babushka.
Although I was a little put off by the geographic confusion here - pysanky are Ukrainian, and so (one presumes) is Babushka, although she lives in a dacha just outside Moscow (?) - I found Rechenka's Eggs a very engaging tale, otherwise. Babushka is an endearing heroine - her compassion, and ability to see the miraculous in the everyday events around her, are immensely appealing. Polacco's artwork did seem a little...off to me (a slightly different color scheme than usual, perhaps?), which made more sense, when I noted that this title was originally published in 1988, and is one of the author/artist's earliest books. I must just be used to her later style. All in all, although it won't ever rank amongst my favorite Patricia Polacco books, Rechenka's Eggs is still an appealing story for Easter time, and for anyone who appreciates those marvelous pysanky!