Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Birds' Gift: Showing Kindness to Others

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I enjoyed the Ukrainian Easter tale "The Birds' Gift" by Eric A. Kimmel, so much that I decided to bring the story to life for my little ones.

The story tells of how a family and then an entire village provides shelter for hundreds of birds who have been caught off-guard by an unexpectedly harsh and early winter.

The villagers open their homes and even their church to these birds who in turn make the long winter seem more bearable.

I love the line by Father Roman who, when opening his church to the little birds says,
"There is no better deed than showing kindness to others."

Winter is not quite over when the birds begin acting funny, gathering near doors, and flying into glass windows.

The villagers consult with Father Roman who advises the villagers to let the birds go free.

The people are sad to see their little friends go...

But in the spring, Easter returns, and so do the little birds who leave beautifully decorated eggs as their gift for the kindness that the village people have shown.

The villagers make pysanky Easter eggs every year to remember the eggs left by the birds.

This is really a nice book.  I especially enjoyed the sermon given by Father Roman where he talks about "a time to come, when lions would lie down with lambs and all creatures would live in peace."  Of course, that time is the time when Christ will return again to the earth.  

His sermon brings the Easter narrative full-circle.

At Easter, we celebrate what Christ has done for us.
We follow his example of kindness to others, and we look forward to his return.

The birds are really quite easy to make.  I found the directions at Family Fun.  That was the first time I'd ever blown out an egg, so that was neat, and our dining area is so magical now with our special friends flying around reminding us the importance of serving and caring for all of God's creatures, at Easter and always!

I just had to include this video of my daughters blowing out an egg...
so easy, a two-year-old can do it! :)


  1. amazing, how does the yolk come out? fun tradition and storybook.

  2. Wow, thanks for sharing :) I'll have to find this book.

  3. Oh my, I LOVE, LOVE these little egg birds! I'm thinkin' we're going to have to try these out!

    P.S. I just spent some time catching up on your blog. Very impressive chica. Your blog just keeps getting more, and more awesome!

  4. What a fantastic story! My husband served his mission in Russia, and they do the same pysanky type eggs there, so we've started adding that to our Easter egg coloring. The way we do it (dipped in wax), it's fun for adults but not so easy for kids, unfortunately.

  5. did that egg ever get blown? That is a hard thing to do.

  6. Wow, I love the birds, it looks super fun!