Abetka and Art

Abetka (абетка), or the Ukrainian alphabet, consists of 33 letters written in Cyrillic script. The word Abetka stems from the first two letters in the Ukrainian language:  а (a) and б (b).

You can find many variations of Abetka books online. While some reuse old themes from a different era, others offer original takes on this important topic. See for example, Stary Lev’s catalogue of quality and new ways to illustrate an abetka, e.g. a professions themed abetka (Абетка ремесел і професій), two abetkas teaching about the life and literary works of Ukrainian classics Taras Shevchenko and Ivan Franko, and another abetka about Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Andrey Sheptytsky among others.

The most recent publication we discovered takes yet another novel approach, which combines art and abetka, to illustrate, teach and inspire. Back in 2016, Osnovy Publishing brought to market what it describes as the first Ukrainian alphabet book “illustrated with the masterpieces of art, graphics, sculpture and decorative art from the collection of the National museum of Arts named after Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko in Kyiv.” You can take a look inside the book at Osnovy’s website here.

Now, if you need an activity book on the topic, Smallest Scholars offers this Abetka coloring book to keep your kids engaged and busy using those Crayola Crayons. The Smallest Scholars’ Ukrainian Alphabet coloring book for kids (Українська Абетка – розмальовка для дітей) is available for purchase at major online retailers including Amazon, Target, Barnes and Nobles and others.

Thank you for supporting Smallest Scholars and our illustrator Maria Zapadinska with your purchase.


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Smallest Scholars is an online resource and independent publisher that provides materials and information for those raising (and supporting) multilingual children. We offer original publications as well as useful information about other publishing and media outlets that provide quality Ukrainian language products.

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