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Children's Nonfiction Alphabet

On the Zwieback Trail

A Russian Mennonite Alphabet of Stories, Recipes and Historic Events

illustrated by Judith Rempel Smucker & Julie Kauffman

by (author) Lisa Weaver

CMU Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2011
Alphabet, Europe
Recommended Age
4 to 10
Recommended Grade
p to 5
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2011
    List Price

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A delightful and informative children's alphabet book of Russian Mennonite history, lovingly assembled as attractive collages of artefacts, historical narratives, photographs, recipes, and personal anecdotes of the past.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Lisa Weaver (author) lives in Wisconsin and is a third grade teacher. A graduate of Goshen College, her first book for children was Praying with Our Feet. Other titles for children include Swords to Plowshares, Living the Anabaptist Story, and Let the Children Come to Me.

Julie Kauffman (illustrator) grew up in Ohio. An illustrator and independent filmmaker, Julie is also the designer of the popular cookbook Simply in Season.

Judith Rempel Smucker (illustrator), a graphic designer and collage artist, grew up in rural Manitoba and currently lives in Winnipeg. Her other books include Home, Re-Encounters: Views from the Field, and Lectio Divina: Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, Contemplatio, Actio.

Editorial Reviews

Anyone with Verenike strengthening their muscles and Borscht flowing in their veins knows that Z could only stand for Zwieback. Join a voyage of discovery down the alphabet trail to celebrate the history, culture, and service of this branch of Anabaptist believers. From the early 1500s to the present, it's all there for young and old to enjoy. (Katie Funk Wiebe, author of You Never Gave Me a Name: One Mennonite Woman's Story)

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