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Young Dora overcomes her fear of Miss Nella, a mentally ill woman, after she must apologize for breaking a window, in a compassionate look at how the mentally ill are set apart from the community and the generosity of spirit that can bridge the gap.
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Linda Saport has illustrated many distinctive picture books, amoung them Subira Subira by Tololwa M. Mollel and All the Pretty Little Horses: A Lullaby. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Regina Hanson is the author of The Tangerine Tree and The Face at the Window, winner of the Américas Award for Children’s Literature. Born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, she now lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Grade 2-4?A picture book about peer pressure and understanding the handicapped. The setting is Jamaica and all conversation is in dialect that is sometimes heavy. Dora is teased and shamed by two older classmates until she follows their lead. She throws a stone and knocks a mango out of a tree in the yard of a mentally ill woman who sees her through her window. The youngsters scare Dora by telling her that, "Any time Miss Nella show her face at her window, something terrible goin' to happen." The friends believe the woman is a witch who can change children into two-headed chickens and rides a three-legged horse. When heavy rains come, Dora is sure she has caused a disaster. She finally confesses her fears to her parents, and they explain that Miss Nella has a sickness in her mind and that she is feared because, "Some people afraid of what they don't understand." Dora visits Miss Nella with her parents to apologize and decides to befriend her. Saport's illustrations of dark pastels support the mood of fears, voodoo, and threatening weather. Oranges, blues, browns, and greens depict the Caribbean people and landscapes. Hanson's story shows universal emotions in children?change the setting and the dialect and it could happen in any small town or suburb in the U.S.?Betty Teague, Blythe Academy of Languages, Greenville, SC
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