Anya's Secret Society

Anya's Secret Society

Left-handed Anya draws with great passion . . . but only when she's alone.In Russia, right-handedness is demanded--it is the right way. This cultural expectation stifles young Anya's creativity and artistic spirit as she draws the world around her in secret.Hiding away from family, teachers, and neighbors, Anya imagines a secret society of famous left-handed artists drawin...

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Title:Anya's Secret Society
Author:Yevgenia Nayberg
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Anya's Secret Society Reviews

  • Teresa

    Anya’s Secret Society is a marvelous story about being true to yourself and overcoming societal expectations, but it is also about so much more! It gives you insights, through the author’s own life experience, on Russian society and the contradictory ideals placed on those revered and the ordinary folk. I highly recommend this glorious tale of a girl who learns to adapt and thrive in an oppressive environment until she can finally be free to be herself. The book is an actual work of art with inc

    Anya’s Secret Society is a marvelous story about being true to yourself and overcoming societal expectations, but it is also about so much more! It gives you insights, through the author’s own life experience, on Russian society and the contradictory ideals placed on those revered and the ordinary folk. I highly recommend this glorious tale of a girl who learns to adapt and thrive in an oppressive environment until she can finally be free to be herself. The book is an actual work of art with incredible and dreamy illustrations done by the author.

  • Christine Evans

    From the moment I saw the cover I was in love with the illustrations. And Anya's story is one that all kids can relate to whether they are left- or right-handed. Or both! It's okay to be different and something that one person, or society, sees as a weakness is actually your biggest strength.

  • Gayle Krause

    Very valuable lessons of self-esteem and nuggets of information about famous artists are hidden in Anya’s Secret Society, by author/illustrator Yevgenia Nayberg. Based on her own experiences as a child growing up in Russia, where she was singled out for her left-handedness, she's forced to hide her artistic talents and finds a way to cope by imaging that she belongs to a secret society of very famous left-handed artists who came before her, including Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt

    Very valuable lessons of self-esteem and nuggets of information about famous artists are hidden in Anya’s Secret Society, by author/illustrator Yevgenia Nayberg. Based on her own experiences as a child growing up in Russia, where she was singled out for her left-handedness, she's forced to hide her artistic talents and finds a way to cope by imaging that she belongs to a secret society of very famous left-handed artists who came before her, including Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt. But when she moves to the United States, she discovers that her left-handedness is accepted as readily as she and her family are. And art abounds in her new home and no one cares if the artists' were left-handed. Nayberg’s beautiful illustrations depict her own story.

  • B.J. Lee

    I adore this book by author/illustrator Yevgenia Nayberg. An own voices picture book about growing up as a lefty artist in Russia where being a lefty was not “right.” This book will speak to every child who struggles with being different, plus the artwork is delicious. I think this illustrator has a huge career in front of her. Recommended for schools, libraries and homes.

  • Vivian Kirkfield

    As a 'lefty', this powerful book has a special significance to me, although it's really a story about fitting in and being true to yourself...topics that are relatable to every child, whether they write with their left hand or their right.

    When Anya is a child, she lives in Russia, where writing with the left hand was considered wrong. She learns to do everything with her right hand...except for drawing, which she does with her left. Coming to America, Anya wonderfs if she will finally have the f

    As a 'lefty', this powerful book has a special significance to me, although it's really a story about fitting in and being true to yourself...topics that are relatable to every child, whether they write with their left hand or their right.

    When Anya is a child, she lives in Russia, where writing with the left hand was considered wrong. She learns to do everything with her right hand...except for drawing, which she does with her left. Coming to America, Anya wonderfs if she will finally have the freedom to create with her left hand.

    Author/illustrator Nayberg brilliantly portrays Anya's emotions...her vibrant colors and bold strokes bring the characters to life. The text is heartfelt...and I especially loved how she brought in the information about the artistic masters of old, many of whom were left-handed. A book to display proudly and read often!

  • vostendrasamigosyotengolibros

    Thank you Edelweiss for this DRC.

    It's a beautiful children books about being different and creativity, highly recommend this one

  • Meera Sriram

    I was blown away by the richness in color and style of the illustrations! The narrative lived up to the excellence of the art work. This is a story about believing in yourself, no matter what others say - an important takeaway for kids everywhere. Little Anya is shunned for being a lefty. But switching to the right means giving up her love for art. That's when Aanya finds a way to persist, eventually finding a place where she'll fit in effortlessly. My son loved this book and found it interestin

    I was blown away by the richness in color and style of the illustrations! The narrative lived up to the excellence of the art work. This is a story about believing in yourself, no matter what others say - an important takeaway for kids everywhere. Little Anya is shunned for being a lefty. But switching to the right means giving up her love for art. That's when Aanya finds a way to persist, eventually finding a place where she'll fit in effortlessly. My son loved this book and found it interesting that it was inspired by the author's own life.

  • Amalia Hoffman

    This is probably one of the most gorgeous picture books I’ve ever seen.

    Incredible illustrations that are child friendly but never too cute.

    The story is inspiring:

    Anya lives in Russia. Alas, she’s left handed and her neighbors and teachers believe that: “The right hand is the right hand.” And, “The left hand is the wrong hand.”

    Anya discovers that many artists were also lefties. She imagines a secret society where everyone draws with their left hand.

    Things change when Anya moves to America and rea

    This is probably one of the most gorgeous picture books I’ve ever seen.

    Incredible illustrations that are child friendly but never too cute.

    The story is inspiring:

    Anya lives in Russia. Alas, she’s left handed and her neighbors and teachers believe that: “The right hand is the right hand.” And, “The left hand is the wrong hand.”

    Anya discovers that many artists were also lefties. She imagines a secret society where everyone draws with their left hand.

    Things change when Anya moves to America and realizes that being a lefty is just fine!

    The back matter in the book is a most moving account of the author/illustrator who herself is a lefty and grew up in Russia.

    This wonderful warm story conveys a message that being different is acceptable and that there’s no right hand or wrong hand.

    Highly recommended!

  • Lacy

    This review goes out to all my fellow lefties out there. 💪💕

    Listen, being a left-handeder, life is difficult sometimes. We

    our own secret society. This was the book I needed as a kid. I'll be adding it, in all it's gloriousness, to my personal collection.

  • Effie

    Many people have the experience of being different than what is accepted and finding their pack of other different people. In this book Anya's difference is being left-handed and while it's frowned upon in her hometown in Russia, she secretly loves her left-handedness because her art flows from that hand. Her pack consists of famous artists in history that also were left-handed. This book beautifully portrays the journey that many people go through when they leave a more stifling small town and

    Many people have the experience of being different than what is accepted and finding their pack of other different people. In this book Anya's difference is being left-handed and while it's frowned upon in her hometown in Russia, she secretly loves her left-handedness because her art flows from that hand. Her pack consists of famous artists in history that also were left-handed. This book beautifully portrays the journey that many people go through when they leave a more stifling small town and go to a city where they find that their differences are not so different after all.

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