Hey, Teachers! Here are a few things to spark up the classroom environment for your students while they are reading Katerina’s Wish

Download the FREE Katerina’s Wish Teacher’s Guide! Filled with activities, historical notes, and useful weblinks!

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Here’s the recipe for Aneshka’s favorite meal, plum dumplings! Perfect for a book club meeting!

Fruit Dumplings (Svestkove Knedliky)
2 cups flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon salt
Fruit: pitted plums or prunes (fresh plums are the best!)

Mix egg with butter and milk. Add salt. Sift flour on a board and add first mixture, kneading until smooth. Cut dough into small pieces and wrap evenly around the fruit (make sure to pre-pit your fruit!). Seal well all around.
Drop dumplings in a large pan of boiling salted water and cook for about 8 minutes. Do not overcook. Remove from water immediately, sprinkle with melted butter and keep in a colander over hot water until ready to serve.
Arrange on a platter, sprinkle with some more melted butter and sugar. Crumbled pot cheese, ground poppy seed or bread crumbs fried in butter can be used for topping.


And a bit more fun stuff:

For lesson plans, games, videos and other classroom activities about coal mining, visit the
Kentucky Coal Education page.

For information and photos relating to the Colorado Coal Field War and the Ludlow Massacre of 1914, visit the
Colorado Coal Field War Project at University of Denver.

Make your own Magic Carp using this
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