When Maggie, Kate, and little Nora go to stay with their grandmother in the city, they beg her to let them play outside, but she's too afraid. Her back is bad, her feet are bad, and her head is full of worries. That night when the girls find their way into their grandmother's dreams, they realize they can do something to make the worries go away.
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Brock Cole is an award-winning children's author as well as a noted artist and illustrator of such titles as Buttons, The Giant's Toe, and Larky Mavis. His latest novel, The Fact Speak for Themselves, was a National Book Award finalist. Mr. Cole lives in Buffalo, New York.From Booklist:
K-Gr. 3. Cole, who so often pushes boundaries, especially in his novels, such as The Goats (1988) and The Facts Speak for Themselves (1997), does the same for a younger audience in this picture book that plays with the nature of reality and the effect of perception and dreams on our surroundings. "When Momma was sick and Poppa away, then Maggie and Katie and little Nora went to stay with Granny in the old house on Queen Street." Granny's neighborhood is one of urban blight, and when Nora and her two teenage sisters ask if they can take a walk, Granny's answer is that the area is too dangerous. Rather than delight the children with a story about the time she danced with the prince in Monaco, she goes to bed with a head full of worries and fears about the neighborhood. A transitional spread shows the girls trying to see if there are really witch's feet under their clammy bedcovers; they then find themselves transported into Granny's bed, which floats out the window, past the bad boys and the burglars. Maggie insists they create their own dreams to make the witchy ones go away. They dream of a fair wind and doughnuts, and sure enough, by morning, things are brighter. The neighborhood, once sinister, is now bustling. As in a dream, the underlying meanings here must be teased out, and perhaps the best part of this reading experience will be adults and children discussing what the story means. Pushing their ideas along will be Cole's always interesting artwork. Here, the crowded city becomes almost a character--heavy, dirty, and dangerous at first, but then a positive, pulsing life force as it is transformed through desire. Some readers will just shrug their shoulders, but perhaps they're not dreamers. Ilene Cooper
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Book Description Front Street imprint of Boyds, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111932425071
Book Description Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1932425071 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1749754
Book Description Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1932425071