Catherine Myler Fruisen My Mother's Pearls

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My Mother's Pearls

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A girl discovers a wealth of family history, dating back to the 1700s, when she helps her mother put on a string of pearls.

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A strand of pearls connects a girl with a long line of ancestors in this kid-pleasing tale. Passed down from mother to daughter, the necklace first makes its appearance on the narrator's mother ("I love, love, LOVE helping her clasp her pearls," the girl confides). She also loves the stories associated with it, which she retells as each new spread rolls back the calendar. Moving back from her grandmother Marianne, decked out for a special event in 1968 ("my mom's first piano recital"), to her great-great-great-grandmother Rose, who emigrated from Scotland in 1878 and hid the pearls "in a secret compartment in her trunk," the narrator arrives at 1788, when great-great-great-great-great-great-grandma Susanna received the pearls as a wedding gift from her husband. Despite the ever-lengthening list of "great-greats," newcomer Fruisen keeps the connections clear, tucking period details into her cool-toned, slightly spare watercolors. Most of these forebears tend to be ladies of leisure, which allows for a parade of elegant fashionsAand caters to common fantasies about one's family history. Ages 2-6. (May)
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A little girl tells how she loves helping her mother get dressed, and she particularly "love, love, LOVE[s] helping her clasp her pearls." The pearls are a family heirloom, and through the pages, the little girl describes the owners, going back generations until she reaches her great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. With each "great," the font enlarges, making it easy for children to keep track visually. For every time period, Fruisen adds a compelling tidbit to the pearls' history, and includes some historical context: in 1938, for example, when Grandma Marianne was little, "Times were hard. . . . and ladies did not show off their jewelry." The warm, full-page watercolor drawings of each female relative offer plenty of clothing details to satisfy young "fashionistas" and are paired with smaller insets of overflowing makeup bags, jewelry boxes, and antique luggage. Children without a well-stocked attic of costumes will find a worthy substitute in this sentimental story of a family treasure. Gillian Engberg
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