Friday, June 30, 2017

Away by Emil Sher - ADVISABLE

Sher, Emil Away, illustrated by Qin Leng.  PICTURE BOOK.  Groundwood Books, 2017.  $19.

A busy little girl and her mother communicate through love and post-it notes.  The little girl is anxious about going to sleepaway camp.  Then a  visit from her grandmother reveals something about her mother’s own history with camp – a little something that gives her the courage to go and build her own memories.

Leng’s watercolor illustrations are a fitting compliment to Sher’s sparse, but telling narrative.  A great book to explore and teach a child to look as carefully at the pictures to understand the full meaning of the text.  A nice sideways step from wordless picture books.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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