Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrator: Chris Sheban
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
This is the story of a little girl who loves to listen to stories told again and again by her grandfather. A little girl who loves her pets and imagines what stories they might tell if they could talk. A little girl who loves to climb, who loves adventure, and who isn't too fond of a certain little boy. A little girl who grows up with stories to tell, and write and share. If you have these things in common with her, maybe you will be a writer too.
This is a masterpiece of autobiographical nostalgia. The writer shares memories from her own childhood to tell where her writing comes from. There is a dreamy quality to the artwork that lends itself well to memory and possibility. The lines are soft, the colors are muted, and the sense of space is carefully controlled. It evokes memories of childhood and shows how children relate to people through the stories they tell, shaping them into the person they will become. It is a warm and wonderful journey through memories that all will find familiar and that children will understand.