Threads: Zlata’s Ukrainian Shirt (Hardcover)

Threads: Zlata’s Ukrainian Shirt By Lina Maslo, Lina Maslo (Illustrator) Cover Image

Threads: Zlata’s Ukrainian Shirt (Hardcover)

By Lina Maslo, Lina Maslo (Illustrator)

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Threads is an inspiring picture book about a girl’s survival of the 1930s Ukrainian Famine-Genocide, messaging hope, pride for one's heritage, and context for today's War in Ukraine.

The threads on Zlata’s beautiful birthday blouse were knotted by her mother’s hands. “Red is for love, and black is for sadness,” her Papa says. Her Mama warns her not to show it off. Ever since the Communists came from Russia to Ukraine, they prohibited the teaching of Ukrainian culture. They’ve even taken the grain from Zlata's family's fields. But despite the danger, her parents refuse to give up their art, language, or beliefs.

As Zlata works to help her community survive, she finds that the dream of freedom is stitched deeper into the Ukrainian spirit than she could ever imagine.

Drawing from her own family’s experience in the 1932-33 Ukrainian Famine-Genocide, Lina Maslo weaves a thoughtful story that dares us not the forget the pain of the past as it informs the present conflict in Ukraine and inspires hope for the future.

Lina Maslo is a children's book author and illustrator working in Anderson, South Carolina. Originally from Ukraine, Lina emigrated to the United States in 1989, two years before the fall of the Soviet Union. Lina's other books include Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala, which is a Library Guild Selection, CCBC Choice, and the winner of the Living the Dream Book Award; and Through the Wardrobe: How C.S. Lewis Created Narnia.

Lina Maslo is a children's book author and illustrator working in Anderson, South Carolina. Originally from Ukraine, Lina emigrated to the United States in 1989, two years before the fall of the Soviet Union. Lina's other books include Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala, which is a Library Guild Selection, CCBC Choice, and the winner of the Living the Dream Book Award; and Through the Wardrobe: How C.S. Lewis Created Narnia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780374391218
ISBN-10: 0374391211
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English
"Maslo effectively uses dialogue, a first-person narrative with plenty of helpful historical context, and a controlled palette to create a meaningful, engaging tale. A poignant yet accessible entry into Ukraine’s ongoing suffering—and survival." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review