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Sam must learn to deal with his parents' separation and the lifestyle his father has chosen
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Caroline Binch's illustrations for Hue Boy, written by Rita Phillips Mitchell, won the Smarties Prize. She illustrated the bestselling story Amazing Grace and several other Grace stories by Mary Hoffman. Gregory Cool, which Caroline wrote and illustrated, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and her Since Dad Left won the United Kingdom Book Award in 1998.To visit Caroline's website click hereFrom Publishers Weekly:
Binch's (Amazing Grace) expressive watercolors lift this fairly well-trod tale of a boy's unhappiness about his parents separation several notches above most. Sid lives with his mother and their pets; his father maintains a gypsy lifestyle complete with homemade yurt, milk goats, a horse and cart for transportation and a collection of offbeat friends who like to play music by moonlight. When Sid grudgingly agrees to spend a night with him, the boy's wounded feelings and simmering anger abate in the face of his father's quiet, steadfast love. While the text is a bit heavy-handed in spots ("Sid wanted to hit [his father] as hard as he could?but give him a big hug at the same time"), Binch authentically zeroes in on the conflicting emotions that a parental breakup can elicit. The book's real strength, however, is the artwork. Binch displays complete mastery of her medium through her use of color, through the interplay of light and shadow, and in her exquisite brushwork. Like wind riffling across water, her paintings convey every emotional shift in the faces of her characters, allowing readers unrestricted access to the story's compassionate core. This picture book may not break new ground thematically, but what it lacks in subtlety it more than makes up for in sensitivity. Ages 5-9.
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Book Description Millbrook Press, Brookfield, CT, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Illustrated by Binch, Caroline (illustrator). First Edition. This is a story about a young boy in England whose mom and dad don't live together anymore. But it is also the story of every child whose parents have separated, because the feelings of anger and confusion and sadness are universal. In this book Sid's father has chosen to follow a very different lifestyle and that, too, Sid must face and deal with. The depth of Caroline Binch's realism in the story and artwork will help readers to understand that they are not alone in their reluctance to accept changes and in the strange feelings that new situations bring. Unpaginated. The book cover is pictorial, the same as the jacket. ; 4to - over 9Â¾ - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 001989
Book Description Millbrook Press, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0761302905
Book Description Millbrook Press, 1998. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0761302905