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All of Danny's books can now be purchased directly from his website.  Please visit: 
http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/


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Folk Tales

 Ukrainian Books

 General Books

 

Danny Evanishen has been searching for stories about Ukrainian pioneers in Canada since 1991.

"Even though there aren't many pioneers left, I am still trying to find them," says Evanishen. "It's getting to the point where I am now looking for the children of the pioneers, hoping they might remember some of the stories their parents told."

"The stories are important to us as Canadians, as they tell us about where we came from, and if we know where we came from, we will have a better chance of understanding where it is that we are going," explains Evanishen.

In his search for pioneer stories, Evanishen often runs into other items of interest to Canadians and historians in general. Examples of these are the books he has published about Louis Riel, and a fictional Canadian airplane crash, as well as several children's books written by other Canadians.

This year, Evanishen feels honored to have worked on two projects initiated by a previously unpublished author named Gloria Atamanenko, of 150 Mile House, BC.

Ms Atamanenko and Evanishen met at a Ukrainian festival several years ago, at which time she proposed a translation of a book written in Ukrainian, and asked Evanishen for assistance. The result is a book called 14 Months on Franz Joseph Land, which was written by Mykhailo Ivanychuk in 1934.

Ivanychuk was a brilliant Ukrainian scientist and Arctic explorer, whose misfortune was to have lived in and worked for the Soviet Union. He was eventually murdered by the regime, but the story of his exploration lives on.

The other project this year, which was also initiated by Ms Atamanenko, is an ancient Ukrainian board game known as Sheep and Wolves. The game appears to be almost unknown today, but it is certainly worthy of a revival. It appears simple, but can be played using strategies similar to those used in chess.

If you have stories to share or would like to see the works published so far, we can be reached at Email: danny@ethnic.bc.ca

Folk Tale Series

The Raspberry Hut
The Raspberry Hut

The Raspberry Hut is the first volume in the folk tales series. It tells fifteen stories, some of which are old favorites and some of which are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen.
Translations by John W Evanishen
Illustrations by Deanna Evanishen and Johanne (Evanishen) Kasha

144 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated.
ISBN 0-9697748-2-6

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

Zhabka
Zhabka

Zhabka is the second volume in the folk tales series. It tells sixteen stories, some of which are old favorites and some of which are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen.
Translations by John W Evanishen
Illustrations by Deanna Evanishen

136 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated.
ISBN 0-9697748-3-4

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

How April Went to Visit March 
How April Went to Visit March

How April Went to Visit March is the third volume in the folk tales series. It tells seventeen stories, some of which are old favorites and some of which are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen
Translations by John W Evanishen and Angela Cleary
Illustrations by Deanna Evanishen

136 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated.
ISBN 0-9697748-5-0

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Boris Threeson
Boris Threeson
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 Boris Threeson is the fourth volume in the folk tales series. It tells fifteen stories; some are old favorites and some are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen
Translations by John W Evanishen and Angela Cleary
Illustrations by Deanna Evanishen

136 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated.
ISBN 0-9697748-7-7

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

The Worry Imps
The Worry Imps
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The Worry Imps is the fifth volume in the folk tales series. It tells sixteen stories; some are old favorites and some are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen
Translations by John W Evanishen and Angela Cleary
Illustrations by Deanna Evanishen

136 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated.
ISBN 0-9681596-0-5

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

Oil in the Borsch
Oil in the Borsch

Oil in the Borsch is the sixth volume in the folk tales series, with seventeen stories; some are old favorites and some are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen
Translations by John W Evanishen and Angela Cleary
Illustrations by Deanna Evanishen

136 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated.
ISBN 0-9681596-1-3

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

 Carrots to Coins
Carrots to Coins

Carrots to Coins is the seventh volume in the folk tales series, with twenty stories; some are old favorites and some are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen
Translations by J Zurowsky
Illustrations by Ralph Critchlow

136 pages, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated
ISBN 0-9681596-3-X

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

 Feet on the Pillow

Feet on the Pillow
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Feet on the Pillow is the eighth volume in the folk tales series, with fourteen stories; some are old favorites and some are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen
Translations by J Zurowsky
Illustrations by Ralph Critchlow

136 pages, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, soft cover,
perfect-bound, illustrated
ISBN 0-9681596-5-6

Yalanka

Yalanka
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Yalynka is the ninth volume in the folk tales series of books, containing twenty stories; some are old favorites and some are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen
Translations by J Zurowsky
Illustrations by Ralph Critchlow

136 pages, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, soft cover,
perfect-bound, illustrated
ISBN 0-9681596-7-2

 Durak
Durak

Durak is the tenth volume in the folk tales series of books, containing eighteen stories; some are old favorites and some are less well-known. All the stories are retold in a lively, entertaining manner that will please both young and old. The delightful illustrations add another dimension to the enjoyment of the tales.

Retold by Danny Evanishen
Translations by J Zurowsky
Illustrations by Ralph Critchlow

136 pages, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, soft cover,
perfect-bound, illustrated
ISBN 0-9732428-0-9

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

The Magic Dust
 The Magic Dust

The Magic Dust is a magic book. It tells a rare and beautiful Ukrainian folk tale which teaches us all a valuable lesson.

Retold in English, the story is simply presented, as is the tradition in folk tales. All ages will enjoy this work.

The illustrations are breath-taking. They fit the story perfectly. This book is a work of art in all respects, and will be a welcome addition to the library of any home.

Written and illustrated by Taras Joseph Oleksiw

32 pages, 11 X 8 1/2 inches, soft cover,
saddle-stitched, illustrated
ISBN 0-9681596-9-9

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Ukrainian Books

Vuiko Yurko
Vuiko Yurko #1

A collection of hilarious short stories about Vuiko Yurko, or Uncle George, written in English, which proves that the pioneer days had some fun to go along with the heartaches and hard work. This book provides countless moments of real humor. Who knows - you may even recognize someone you know doing something you remember.

Written by Danny Evanishen.

136 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated
with line drawings and photographs.
ISBN 0-9697748-0-X

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

Vuiko Yurko 2
 Vuiko Yurko #2

The further adventures of Vuiko Yurko, or Uncle George. All the stories are new, original and funny, and are based on quite a variety of peoples' reminiscences and anecdotes about the old days. These stories never got into the history books, but they are important, nevertheless.

Written by Danny Evanishen

136 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, photographs.
ISBN 0-9697748-8-5

 

 Kharkiv
Kharkiv
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A woman's story of survival.

Kharkiv is a Ukrainian city that suffered terribly, not only under Stalin, but also during the Nazi occupation in World War II. The story is about Katrusia, a young woman who is caught up in the desperate struggle for survival. This volume is the first-ever English-language translation of this novel.

Written by Olena Zvychaina
Translated from Ukrainian by J. Zurowsky
Edited by Danny Evanishen
Illustrations by Dorene Fehr

112 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrations.
ISBN 0-9697748-6-9

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

 Baba the Cook
Baba the Cook

More than just an assortment of recipes, this book is a tribute to the life of a truly beautiful person. Natalka Evanishen, also known as Natalie, or just plain Nat, was a real friend to everyone.

This book is a collection of her favorite recipes, along with little stories of where, when and from whom she got the recipes. The book also contains photographs of Natalka through her life, as well as pictures of the people who gave her the recipes.

Written by Natalka Evanishen
Assisted by Danny Evanishen

168 pages, 5 1/2; x 8 1/2; inches, soft cover, spiral-bound, photographs.
ISBN 0-9697748-9-3

 

 I Can't Find the Words to Tell You
I Can't Find the Words

This charming trilingual (English, Ukrainian, French) picture book tells the simple little story of how Bill Kostiuk came to Canada in 1898 with his parents when he was four years old. Bill's daughter Anne Everatt, who is an accomplished artist, retells his story and illustrates it with lovely cloth collages. The book is printed on special textured paper to simulate cloth.

Written in English and illustrated by Anne Everatt
Ukrainian translation by John W Evanishen
French translation by Melesia Kasha

24 pages, 8 1/2; x 11 inches, full color, soft cover, saddle-stitched.
ISBN 0-9697748-4-2

http://www.ethnic.bc.ca/

 14 Months on Franz Joseph Land
14 Months
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14 Months on Franz Joseph Land is a personal account of Arctic exploration written in 1934 by Mykhailo Ivanychuk, a brilliant Ukrainian scientist. Ivanychuk was first lionized by the USSR, then murdered by the regime.

This is the first of Ivanychuk's works to be translated into English. The translator has included the story of his tragic life, with notes on the brutal treatment of ethnic Ukrainians by the Soviets.

Written by Mykhailo Ivanychuk
Translated by Gloria Atamanenko

216 pages, 51/2 X 81/2 inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated with photographs
ISBN 0-9732428-1-7

 

The Game of Sheep and Wolves
Sheep and Wolves

Sheep and Wolves is an ancient Ukrainian board game for two players or teams, aged six years to ninety-six. This game is not widely known today, but it is certainly deserving of a revival. While the game may appear to be simple, the strategies involved can require as much thought as a game of chess.

Contents: game board, playing pieces to be cut out and folded, rules, and a brief history of the game.

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General Books

 Dream Star Stories
Dream Star
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This is a wonderful book for those who love dreams. Follow our various characters as they spread dreams to all the children of the world. The full-color illustrations and the full-of-fun stories and poems tell of the whimsical adventures of many wonderful dreamers.

Stories by Traci-Jo Critchlow
Art by Ralph Critchlow

FREE: 10 posters of the artwork in the book are included. [View posters]

24 pages, 8 1/2; X 11 inches, full color, soft cover, saddle-stitched.
ISBN 0-9681596-2-1

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 Louis Riel
Louis Riel

Louis Riel was one of Canada's most misunderstood heroes. Vilified by the government and worshipped by the people who sought his help, Riel was a truly outstanding figure in Canadian history.

The last thing Riel asked for was a Commission of Enquiry into his entire career. He died waiting and praying for it. Here is a reconstruction of his address to the Commission which never happened.

Written by David G Doyle
Illustrated with photographs

192 pages, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, soft cover, perfect-bound
ISBN 0-9681596-4-8

 

 A Cottage for Kip
Cottage for Kip
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This is a wonderful picture book about an elf named Kip and his friend, a dear little mouse. Kip dearly would love to have a house of his own, and the fairy queen provides him with one in the form of a teapot shaped like a cottage.

Written and illustrated by Alice Evans

40 pages, 6 X 41/2 inches, soft cover, saddle-stitched
ISBN 0-9681596-6-4

 

 The Khaki Angel
The Khaki Angel

The Khaki Angel tells the story of an airplane crash in the Canadian Rockies and a dramatic glacier-top rescue attempt by a young pilot in a Super Cub.

Full of adventure and excitement, this book will appeal to readers of all ages, especially those who love flying.

By Dave Williams

144 pages, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, soft cover, perfect-bound, illustrated
ISBN 0-9681596-8-0

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 Funky Faxes
Funky Faxes

This publication is a unique joke book. It is a filing folder containing fifty loose-leaf letter-size pages of jokes, cartoons, puzzles, posters and recipes that are perfect for photocopying and mailing to friend/foe/family.

Warning: some pages could be considered objectionable.

56 pages, 8 1/2; X 11, unbound.
ISBN 0-9697748-1-8.

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