The Year I Didn't Go to School

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9780689847301: The Year I Didn't Go to School

These are the best things that happened to me the year I didn't go to school:

  • Traveled around Italy with my family's theatre troupe.
  • Performed in a theatre outside. (I was a monkey, a panda, and a lion!)
  • Ate spaghetti with fried egg on top.
  • Slept in a truck.
  • Wove cowboy boots.
  • Ciao! (I spoke Italian.)
  • Kept a journal to remember everything that happened.
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    About the Author:

    Author front row, center.

    Giselle Potter is the illustrator of more than ten books for children, but this is the first that she's both written and illustrated. It also just happens to be true. Her other titles include The Brave Little Seamstress and Kate and the Beanstalk, both by Mary Pope Osborne, The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack, and Gabriella's Song by Candace Fleming. The little girl who traveled the world now lives in Rosendale, New York.

    From Publishers Weekly:

    In her first venture as both writer and illustrator, Potter (Gabriella's Song) proves as adept with words as she is with images, spinning a lyrical account of the year she toured Italy with her family's theater troupe. After packing their steamer trunks with "puppets, masks, and musical instruments," their grandparents see them off at the airport. Then seven-year-old Giselle, her little sister, Chloe, and their parents are off in an old wooden carnival truck across "the country that's shaped like a boot." From their not-so-stellar debut at a piazza in Florence (the police scold them for not having a permit, their truck gets stuck in a narrow street and they are rescued by nuns) to their grand finale performance in Rome, Potter wisely filters her reminiscences through the eyes of her child-self. She alights on details most likely to intrigue a young audience (such as "bread you could roll up into little balls" and a circus performer named Eva "who could hang by her long hair and play the tuba"). The captivating account makes the exotic setting come alive (e.g., "We ate little pizzas with thin crusts until our bellies puffed up, and watched people dancing under the sparkly lights"), as does the fittingly quirky mixed-media artwork. Her instantly recognizable elongated faces and disproportionate bodies all arms and legs particularly suit her free-spirited family. Endpapers sporting journal entries, homework assignments, drawings and more from Potter's original trip make the foreign backdrop immediately accessible. Ages 4-8.
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