Illustrations by Pierre Pratt
It’s a new year--time for new ideas! Follow a round-faced little narrator who treasures a certain tree branch, felled overnight by a fierce ice storm. It’s been her castle, her ship--her special place. She watches people gathering up broken branches and hears a loud buzz saw. Can she keep her branch? A neighbor encourages the girl to imagine its “potential.” Then she and Mr. Frank work together to make her idea a reality, using his tools and expertise. Author and artist take time and space to show each step from planning and measuring to drilling holes and final varnishing. When spring comes, readers find the girl happily trying out her new swing. Pratt paints with strong, free strokes and diagonal swoops of blues and violets to emphasize the storm’s drama. Mr. Frank’s intriguing workshop glows with warm colors to match his red plaid shirt. Kids will discover that patience and satisfying work can make a dream come true.
2016, Ages 5 to 9
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.