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A Tree for Peter
written and illustrated by Kate Seredy
No one had ever seen big Peter before, and no one ever saw him again, and no one ever saw him at all but small Peter who lived in dingy, squalid old Shantytown.
Yet it was big Peter's gift to small Peter — a shiny toy spade with a red handle, and a small green tree lighted with tiny candles — that caused Shantytown people to have hope again. And with new hope the grass grew, and there were gardens, and the junk heaps were cleaned up and the sagging doors were put back on their hinges. This is a modern miracle, through which sad and beaten houses became white and neat and shining, and desolate, hopeless people found that love and hope can still move mountains.
There are no saints and angels; just a tramp, an Irish cop, a small boy, and City Hall, but Shanytown becomes Peter's Landing and faith was reborn.
ISBN 9781930900806, Trade paperback, 102 pages. Ages 6-12.
"A Tree for Peter is an inspiring chapter book that once read will be long remembered. This is a treasure of a book with much chance for meaningful dialogue!"
—Jane Claire Lambert, author of Five In A Row
by Molly Bang
Catch. Throw. Uh-oh. The yellow ball is forgotten at the edge of the water.
Little by little, so no one notices, the ball floats out to sea.
All alone, it travels and drifts into a storm. Tossed by waves all through the night,
it sails ashore next day to a hug and a home.
Luminous pastels and a rhythmic text tell a story that is exciting and reassuring.
To be released winter 2014.
ISBN 9781930900790, Hardcover, 24 pages. Ages 2 and up.
Forgotten at the water's edge, a ball is pulled into the ocean by the tide and eventually washed up on another shore.
Told in a mere 28 words, this tale could be slight, but in Bang's ( The Paper Crane ; Ten, Nine, Eight ) experienced hands,
it becomes a fully realized drama.
The yellow ball, tiny in a vast, vivid sea, bobs along and is viewed from the perspectives
of a gull and a fish, and from "high" above a bridge. Then a storm arises, but the ball outlasts the gale and is finally
deposited safely on a beach--where it is spotted by a boy. The final illustration depicts the sleeping lad hugging his
newfound treasure. The one-word accompaniment to this gratifying scene at the end of an arduous journey is, simply and
satisfyingly, "Home." Ages 2-up. —Publishers Weekly
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