Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara

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"One day this child shall hold the very heart of our family in the palm of her hand," predicts Granny on the day Darcy Heart O'Hara is born in a cottage on Derry Lane, in the town of Pobble O'Keefe, in County Kerry, Ireland.

Darcy grows up to be a noticer, delighting in the small beauties all around her: a dew-covered spider web, castles in the clouds, a shiny wooden rosary bead. Life is simple but sweet in Pobble O'Keefe, with her family gathered round the hearth in the evenings while Granddad's voice fills the small room with stories. But in 1845, a blight strikes the land, the potatoes turn rotten, and Darcy and her family must leave Ireland forever. How will Darcy ever find a way to to bring the small beauties of home across the sea to America? Elvira Woodruff's story of emigration, heartbreak, and hope is vividly illustrated with the warm, evocative oil paintings of Adam Rex.
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Elvira Woodruff has written more than twenty picture books and novels for young readers, including Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail,Dear Austin: Leters from the Underground Railroad,The Ghost of Lizard Light, and The Memory Coat, illustrated by Michael Dooling. The author lives in Martins Creek, PA.
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Grade 2-5–Darcy Heart OHara, the only daughter in a large Irish family, lives in a small cottage in Pobble OKeefe in the 1840s. Born with a gift of seeing small beauties, she finds rocks, petals, and feathers and slips them into the hem of her ragged dress. The family reluctantly emigrates to America, and it is Darcys small beauties that remind them of their old home and give them strength to move on in their new one. Woodruff subtly captures the lilt of Irish dialect, inviting reading the text aloud. Her smooth and descriptive prose takes readers along on the OHaras journey, capturing joyful times when her father danced a jig in the firelight and Granddad spun tales in the glow of the peat fire.... Rexs mixed-media earth-tone illustrations are extraordinarily evocative, offering touching scenes with expressive faces and deep emotion. Rich in detail of the Irish landscape, the art gives a deeper understanding of this powerful story. Together, text and illustrations create a small beauty that gives a human face to immigration.–Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI
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