The Secret of Old Zeb

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Disappointed when his parents go off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and leave him behind with his Great Aunt Hortense, young Walter encounters mystery and intrigue when he meets Old Zeb, a shipbuilder with a secret dream

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Professional storyteller Carmen Deedy contributes regular commentary to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and performs at festivals, schools, bookstores, and museums across the nation. She's also appeared at conferences of the American Library Association, the Southeastern Booksellers Association, the International Reading Association, and Whole Language Umbrella. Deedy is the author of Agatha's Feather Bed: Not Just Another Wild Goose Story, Treeman, The Library Dragon, and The Last Dance.

Michael P. White is an award-winning artist whose work is exhibited at the Art Institute of Atlanta. He works as a chef's assistant and lives in Atlanta with his wife, Traci. He has illustrated The Library Dragon, also by Carmen Deedy.

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Grade 2-3?Disappointed at being left with her Uncle Walter while her parents are away, Lila is reassured by his story of the summer he was left with his Great Aunt Hortensia. One night, he spotted an old sailor carrying a mysterious sack to the house next door. When the man caught young Walter spying on him, he shared his secret?a full-sized ship in the cellar of the house. Together, over the summer, Old Zeb and Walter put the final touches on the great ship. Meanwhile, rumors circulated that Old Zeb's daughter was coming to take him away to live with her. Walter then discovered that both the old man and the ship had vanished. Looking for them in the harbor, he found his parents instead, and witnessed Old Zeb's surprising departure?for the ship was meant to fly, not to sail. Walter concludes his story by inviting Lila up to his attic, where he reveals his own secret project. This unique book is a Victorian adventure novel condensed into picture-book format, complete with single-page titled chapters and illustrations framed and labeled as if they were great oil paintings. The "follow your dream" moral is prevalent throughout the text and reinforced by the dreamlike quality of the illustrations. Behind the talk of adventuring is a reassurance that even though adults have their own dreams and adventures, they still love and return to their children.?Tana Elias, Meadowridge Branch Library, Madison, WI
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