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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Grandma's Cookies Stories: Book 1


Who Let The Cookies Out? (Grandma's Cookies Stories Book 1) by Mrs. D. is a delicious story where readers meet Grandma who wanted to make holiday cookies to surprise her grandson's pre-K class and make his classmates happy. She made the first batch of butter cookies and she placed them on a plate to cool and went on with her next batch. Grandma was pleased with her first batch and decided to use the same ingredients. She added a vanilla liquid to the dough and that made the cookies smell really good. She kept them next to the butter cookies, but the vanilla cookies thought they were better than the butter ones. The third batch of cookies had a little hole so that they could put a string through it and use it as a decoration for their Christmas tree. Grandma was pleased with her third batch and she added some crumbled mint chips to the fourth batch. The cookies came out green and they thought they were the best looking cookies in the world. Each batch thought they were the best, and Grandma went on to make glazed cookies for the fifth batch. 



What happens when Grandma folds a handful of nuts into her dough?


The story is a fun read and the nutty behavior of the nut cookies will bring a smile to the faces of young readers. The illustrations by Chanoa are as adorable as the batches of cookies and give life to the story and its characters, making them tangible to readers. The recipe to make cookies can be tried out at home with the help of parents. The underlying message of the story is relevant and relatable. It will make young readers realize how a few nuts can spoil the batch, though the rest of the ingredients used are the same. It is a good storybook for bedtime storytelling and can be used in classrooms for reading aloud and storytelling sessions.



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Monday, May 6, 2019

Let Your Creativity Run Nuts!




Welcome to hours of full-time fun and enjoyment! 
All artwork in this coloring book is taken from the book “Who Let the Cookies Out?” It includes original sketches and characters, bonus activity pages, mazes and puzzles, tracings and drawings, connecting dots, and more.




 There’s a variety of the original artwork, some simple with just one character—clean, clear, and uncluttered—and some with a few characters, which will appeal to older children, who love to dive into more complicated art, while the younger children will enjoy tracing and learning activities.


So listen up, you smart cookies! Grab your pencils and crayons, and don’t forget your favorite cookies and a glass of milk! Now go nuts and bring these nutty cookies to life with your wild imagination and precious talented minds!!

Thank you!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ukrainian Easter Celebrations

UKRAINIAN EASTER TRADITIONS


One of the sweetest memories I have about my childhood in Ukraine is celebrating Easter.
We did not have any candies, egg hunt or huge baskets with oversized bunnies or filled with present.
But it still was very exciting holiday because Ukrainian Easter celebrations are a beautiful melding of traditional Christian practices, folklore, and ancient pagan symbolism. Some traditions will be familiar to Christians all around the world, while others are uniquely Ukrainian.



Lent and Holy Week

The biggest joy of Easter Sunday for many people simply comes from enjoying food-eggs, sweet bread and meat- that they did not eat for the past 6 weeks during lent. Lent – the period of fasting before Easter — is practiced in Ukraine much as it is elsewhere. Religious observant refrain from eating animal products: meat, eggs, and dairy.  Now imagine how exited you would be to feast after weeks of very moderate diet?
The whole week before Ester Sunday is devoted to the preparations for the actual Easter celebration
Holy Week – as it is called– begins with Willow Sunday. In most countries this celebration of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem is called Palm Sunday, but a combination of pre-Christian pagan symbolism and a lack of local palm trees led Ukrainians to adopt willow switches as their symbolic branches.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are spent preparing food for the Easter: dyeing eggs, baking easter bread Paska and roasting meat. All of the food has to be prepared by so called Clean Thursday, because on that day we have a different chore – cleaning the house and yourself.  My grandmother would wake me and my sister up and take us to a closest creek. We had to rinse our faces with freezing cold water as the sun was rising. That was really refreshing and we were wide awake after this early washing! Also she believed that this procedure will give us beauty as we grow up into young ladies.
 Good Friday is also called Mourning Friday because it is the day when Christ had died.People are not supposed to eat anything and spend the day on the service in church. No work is allowed either.
 Saturday is the rest day because there is a whole night service coming and you have to be wide awake.
Now let’s jump to the delicious part of the Easter and this article.

Pysanka (Dyed Eggs)

Ukraine’s most famous cultural product may be its colorfully dyed eggs.
Pysanka (which comes from the Ukrainian word for “to write”) are not painted; instead, designs are traced out in beeswax and the egg is then dipped into dye. The dye colors the egg where it is bare but leaves it white where the wax protects it. The process is then repeated as many times as desired (working from the lightest dye to the darkest) to create an intricate, many-layered pattern.
Most people these days call any patterned Ukrainian Easter egg a “pysanka,” but there are dozens of terms referring to specific methods of preparation. The most important difference to know is that “pysanka” are raw eggs (sometimes drained through a tiny drilled hole so that they may be preserved), while “krashanky” are dyed hard boiled eggs, usually one simple color, meant for eating at the Easter feast.

“Pysanka” is a piece of art and requires good amount of time to create it. That is why most people dye couple dozens of “krashanky”.  Traditionally Ukrainians used natural dyes like onion peel for rich mahogany and beetroot for reds and pinks.  Nowadays you can find a wide range of food coloring to dye Easter Eggs.


 The symbolism of eggs as religious objects dates back to Ukraine’s pre-Christian past, and decorated eggs have always been a part of religious celebrations there. Decorating eggs for Easter was banned under Soviet rule as a religious practice, but kept alive by many crafters working in secret.
 There are many non-Biblical religious legends about eggs in Ukraine, including a basket of eggs that Mary Magdalene brought for her food when she went to the sepulcher to anoint Christ’s body. According to the legend, when she uncovered the eggs at the tomb, the white shells had been miraculously turned all the colors of the rainbow.

Bread (Paska)


My grandmother baked all her Eastern bread Paskas in old fashion “pich” – Ukrainian stove. I loved to wake up to heavenly aroma and beautiful sight of a dozen paskas in tin cans rising in a stove.  Traditional paska loaves are tall and cylindrical, with symbols made of rolled dough or dusted in flour on the top.
 The production of the paska was traditionally a ceremonial affair, during which the household was expected to stay quiet and still. We could really get in trouble with my sister if we would slam the door when entering the room where the dough was rising! The recipes of Paskas vary from area to area. In my mom’s city they always baked very sweet and fluffy Paskas and in my dad’s native land they were more savory and dense.  The women preparing the bread were told to keep their thoughts pure as they kneaded it. Men sometimes stood guard outside the home to ward off evil spirits during the making of the paska (and to keep out neighbors, so that the household stayed quiet).

Easter Baskets & Easter Mass

The paska bread, along with dyed krashanky eggs and non-Lenten foods like sausage, cheese, lard, and ham, is placed in a basket with lit candles and brought to church for Mass on Easter morning. (Midnight masses are traditional, but some modern churches do a daytime mass in the morning nowadays.)
Services often include a procession around the church. Many churches put up a mock sepulcher or black draping on Good Friday, and those are removed by the congregation as part of the procession.
The Easter baskets are blessed by the priest as part of the mass, and taken home by the families to eat in the morning.

Easter Sunday

After the mass (and sometimes after going back to sleep), families celebrate Easter morning with a feast from their Easter baskets. The paska, meat, cheese, and other “feast” foods are consumed, breaking the Lenten fast.
Many households begin the feast with the dyed krashanky eggs. All kids favorite part of the morning is the game called “egg battles” or “egg knocking”: two people rap their eggs together, and if someone’s eggshell breaks, that person is out of the game (or has to give the egg up, or eat it, depending on family tradition).
Ukraine does not have the concept of an “Easter bunny,” or of Easter egg hunts, and chocolate and candy do not play a traditional role. These days the Easter basket might include a bit of chocolate, but the savory treats are still the focus of the morning meal.


 Remembering Those Who Passed Away

Easter celebrations traditionally extend into the next week in Ukraine.
 The week after Easter is also a time for memorializing the dead in Ukraine. Families bring baskets of food and small gifts to cemeteries and leave them for their ancestors. This is often a religious ceremony, accompanied by a priest who blesses the graves. Every region and village has it its own day for this ceremony but usually it  stays within the range of 1 week after the Easter Sunday. Thankfully for this tradition I became knowledgeable about my great-great relatives, stories of their lives and where I come from.

From start to finish, Ukrainian Easter is a long holiday season: all the way from Palm Sunday a week before Easter to the graveyard visits a week after! Of course in modern life for many families Easter traditions are no more than Saturday trip to the closest market to buy Paska, meat and Krashanky. Years of Soviet Union time did not help to pass real traditions to young people, but thanks to our dear Ukrainian “babushkas” all the extended customs are kept alive.  Many of the traditions are unique to Ukraine, and will hopefully go on flourishing for many more generations.  

Friday, April 12, 2019

WHO LET THE COOKIES OUT?

PUBLISHED!  
Not your normal cookies!





Who doesn‛t like cookies, especially cookies that will take you on a tasty but nutty adventure?This delicious story begins in Grandma‛s kitchen when she decides to surprise her grandson‛s pre-K with holiday cookies. 



But little did she know what a mess her nutty cookies would create at her grandson‛s school. They just can‛t resist being nuts!




This scrumptious tale proves the old saying that we‛re all made from the same “dough,” but a few “nuts” can spoil the batch.



Brace yourself for a yummy book that will keep your giggles coming with every page you turn!






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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Whom I Love and Lost


Somewhere Between Two Worlds 






It is beautiful when someone is given a gift that takes them to the places between sleep and waking. Where reality fades, where less pain and happiness awaits, where you can hold to unreal bliss, reliving unreachable mirages, hoping they will still be there when you open your eyes. Where you believe in everything, and where you venture forth dreaming and feeling free.
One thing I really don’t miss from my childhood is remembering reality. Too much drama, too many memories that need good cleansing storms. But the past is mine. I cannot get away from it. It needs my attention. It deepens my sense of time and rekindles something dormant. It summarizes my life. It adds value to my existence and the person I became.
To whom I love and lost. 




This is a life story in the voice of a little girl endeavoring to understand God's will. She is seeking to unravel the point of her existence. Trapped in a poor run-down Eastern European village after World War II, she strives to escape her harsh life by using her imagination.A young child feels conflicting emotions between the love she has for her father and her despair as she watches his cruelty towards her mother and brother. There is no love in the young children’s lives, and she finds solace from her loveless world by embracing the beauty and stability of nature.This poignant story is a reminder of the stark reality lived by other children around us who are starving for love. It gives great insight into the mind of a young child and her search for answers.

Available in print and as ebook. This new book includes two stories, The Little Girl Praying on the Hill and A Taste of Bread.   






Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Taste of Bread: A Powerful Story



Whoo!Hoo! 5 shiny stars for my new release "A Taste of Bread"!



Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

One day. One moment in time. That’s all it takes for a tragedy, a sorrow that will seep through the soul of a child forever. The memories that fill this tiny space of eternity are enough to make the reader weep for the child who couldn’t find the love she craved, certainly not from her parents. And, for the child who must give up so much for others: the taste of fresh milk meant for sale or for the piglets, the cherished doll that she willingly bequeaths to another child who needed its love more, and the crushed egg that would never secure her the much-desired tasty bun. Her parents may not love her, but her brother did and so did her aunt, whose words of wisdom stayed with her: “You cannot change things now, but you can always change your life when you grow up.” It is a harsh world where a child learns at an early age that “Life is erratic. It isn’t easy.” Meshed in the hardship and harsh realities, a young child can learn, prosper and rise above his or her current circumstances, and the most important life lesson of all is to “love the person next to you if you want to be loved in return.”


Award-winning author Olga D'Agostino takes the reader to a different time and place where daily life was a struggle at best. Her novella, A Taste of Bread, explores the power of love and how it affects children. Taking a simple story of a fresh egg saved to trade with the bread man on his daily delivery, the author explores the many poignant memories that lead up to the race to catch the bread man. Through it all, a little girl learns to accept God’s will, even when it’s not her own, discovering the love she craves in the most unlikely places. A powerful story.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Well, where does Carlo end up after landing in the open car?

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Carlo the Mouse had a happy life living inside the hospital walls where he liked to annoy the hospital cook. The angry chef always threatened to quit and he tried to lure the mouse into a metal cage by stuffing the mousetraps with expensive cheese, but Carlo snatched the cheese from the trap like a pro. Though the hospital manager hired fancy experts with new tricks, nothing seemed to work, and so easily winning the war with the chef, hospital manager, and exterminator made Carlo dissatisfied. He wanted to leave the place. He dreamed of visiting famous restaurants and meeting well known chefs. Carlo's parents felt he needed a change of scene and they also felt he needed a mate. His life takes a different turn when he meets a red-haired mouse standing behind the fence and wishing to go to Paris. They get married and have children but Carlo is still hoping to leave Florida. Things change when Carlo lands in an open car after falling from the hospital canopy. Where will Carlo arrive from there? 

by Mrs. D. is a delightful story and children will be amused reading about Carlo’s adventures as he dreams about getting out of the hospital and leaving Florida. The illustrations are colorful and lively and they breathe life into the characters and give a good pace and movement to the story. The love angle with Maria is cute and it is fun to see how Carlo uses peroxide to bleach his hair and change the color to match with that of Maria. The book is a fun read and can be used for storytelling sessions at home and in school. 


This delightful story will make children curious and imaginative when it comes to learning more about Carlo. Well, where does Carlo end up after landing in the open car? Will he be able to visit famous restaurants and meet well known chefs?







Thursday, December 13, 2018

Worthwhile For Any Child's Library: Carlo the Mouse, Book 5

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

Carlo the Mouse is back in his latest mischievous adventure in Nothing is Safe in a Mouse’s Life (Book 5) by Mrs. D with illustrations by Chanoa. Living in a hospital can be challenging, especially if you're sick. While recovering from the chicken pox, Carlo the Mouse began to venture out in search of some food. However, Carlo’s disobedience caused him and his parents to become separated from the safety of the hospital. His parents always warned him to follow the rules because they wanted to keep him safe, but did Carlo do what he was told? No! Children will love reading this book because the adventure that Carlo has embarked upon is full of fun, danger and excitement as he and his family try to escape the grasp of Fidel the cat and some vicious birds during their trek back home.




I love Mrs. D’s Carlo the Mouse book series not only because of his mischievous behavior but because the author's huge fan club that loves these books proves just how worthwhile they are for any child's library. As always with Carlo the Mouse stories, children will enjoy looking at the beautiful, colorful pictures that help to tell the tale of Carlo’s latest adventure. This book is a great way for your child not only to get engaged in reading but to improve their cognitive skills and visualization abilities. It is highly suggested to start with Book 1, but regardless of where you start, you and your child will always be in for a treat. As your child begins to read the other books -- from Rules For A Reason and It’s My Life! to Now We’re Talking! and What's Going On? to Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse -- they will be able to cherish these as have other young readers. Help start building your child’s library today with the intrepid Carlo the Mouse and his singular adventures!






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Pages of FUN! Meet new coloring books!




Children will enjoy the original artwork, which is taken from Carlo the Mouse, books 1, 2 and 3. It's a fun coloring and activity book, full of wonderful illustrations to entertain young artists for hours. If children have not read the Carlo the Mouse series first, the detailed sketches will tell them the story of the sneaky, but very shrewd mouse, who always dreamed of greater things. I would recommend reading the six books in print first. They will treat your children to a delightful tale brought to life through the funny story line and colorful artwork. The Carlo the Mouse Series and Carlo the Mouse: Coloring & Activity Kids books 1 and 2 (Book 2 includes the artwork from Carlo the Mouse, books 3, 4 and 5) are available in softcover form and as e-books on Amazon and B&N as other online stores. The autographed versions, signed with a special message, are available on Etsy. 

Sharpen your pencils and brains, read, color, and follow Carlo the mouse!






Sunday, November 25, 2018

A Taste of Bread


A TASTE OF BREAD


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This is the story of a desperately deprived childhood, authentically observed through the eyes of a little girl. The worst poverty of all is the lack of love that her parents were not capable of providing. Yet she gleans whatever she can and realizes that her family is a victim of the circumstances they’re forced to live in. It contains fragments of the sad memories of her older brother, who was starving for love and acceptance just as she was.

The poor girl is trying to understand God’s will and why there is so much pain, suffering, disappointment, and crushed dreams in life. No loving home, no stability, no father who cares, and sometimes no bread on the table. But no matter how many cruel blows life threw at her, she managed to move on, pushed by her brother.





"A Taste of Bread" is a continuation of the

2014 Readers' Favorite International Gold Award Winner 
"The Little Girl Praying on the Hill."







It is the bittersweet, authentic story of a desperately deprived upbringing as seen through the eyes of a little girl, who manages to rise above her miserable situation at least for brief moments through her vivid imagination and tenacity.