Uncle Vova’s Tree

I am continually in awe of author Patricia Polacco’s childhood. She must have grown up in a family rich in storytellers, because many of her picture books come from her own experiences, or family history.

Uncle Vova’s Tree is one such book. Some of her ancestors came from Russia, and celebrated the Russian Orthodox Christmas in early January. In Uncle Vova’s Tree, Polacco describes the Russian Orthodox traditions she enjoyed as a child at her Great Uncle’s house in Michigan.

This picture book celebrates family, traditions, and even the memories of loved ones we miss at the holiday season.

Recommended for ages 3 to 9.

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