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Silver Threads (Paperback)
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Illustrated by: Michael Martchenko

Taras Shevchenko writing award winner

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Favourites selection

Ontario Library Association "Best Bet for 1996"

Silver Threads is the magical story of Anna and Ivan, two young newly-weds who escape poverty and hardship in Ukraine to start a new life on the Canadian frontier. As they struggle to build their homestead, World War I breaks out. And when Ivan volunteers to fight for his new homeland, tragedy strikes. While Anna works and waits alone, hope comes from an unexpected source.

Based on true events, Silver Threads is a stirring lesson in history and a heart-warming tale of love and faith.

"A classic fable about the power of love."
-- Macleans

"Remarkably, Ms Skrypuch has retrieved an all-but-forgotten indignity in Canadian history without bitterness. . . This is a book that every Canadian grade school library should own."
-- Kingston Whig Standard

"Canadian readers of all stripes like Silver Threads."
-- Edmonton Journal

"It was not at all hard for me to become enthralled, immediately, with Silver Threads. "
-- Ukrainian Weekly

Marsha Skrypuch is the author of many books for children, including Silver Threads, The Best Gifts, Enough, The Hunger and Hope's War. Among the numerous writing awards won her novel about the Armenian genocide, Nobody's Child, was nominated for the Red Maple Award, the Alberta Rocky Mountain Book Award, the B.C. Stellar Award; and it was listed by Resource Links as a Best Book.

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Click here to see the Teacher's Guide on Marsha's web site .


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Ages 4-8
Juvenile / Early Reader / Picture Book

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