Audience:Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 8, Grade (US) P - 3
Dimensions:9.81in x 7.88 x 0.43 in | 0.82 lb
Page Count:44 pages
Illustrations:FULL COLOR THROUGHOUT
DEBUT AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Lauren Soloy is an exciting new talent; we have a second book contracted with her.
MINDFULNESS: The character communes with nature and benefits from the quiet and calm.
REAL LIFE INSPIRATION: Emily Carr is a beloved artist, known for her forest landscapes. This book pays homage to her, but it also stands on its own as a story about nature, self-discovery and imagination.
PLAYFUL AND BEAUTIFUL LANGUAGE: Although based on Carr’s writing, Lauren has made this story her own with her delightful turns of phrase—it is a joyful read aloud experience.
ARRESTING ARTWORK: Lauren’s collage art is sly, playful, strange and unique.
NON-FICTION BACK MATTER: Contains back matter about Emily Carr, the artist who inspired the book, one of Canada’s most important female artists and a contemporary of the Group of Seven.
Finalist for the 2021 TD Canadian Children's Book Award
One of Quill & Quire's Books of the Year
A 2021 Sheila Barry Best Canadian Picturebook of the Year Nominee
A 2021 Bank Street Book of the Year
One of CCBC’s Best Books for Kids and Teens, Fall 2021
“It’s an altogether mystical yet accessibly grounded story.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
"The poetic text, inspired by Emily’s actual writing in The Book of Small, has an enchanting, spirited quality about it." —Booklist
“The text is poetic yet frenetic, pulsing near the point of bursting with natural sights and sounds. . . . [T]he essence of Carr is here, and true.” —Quill & Quire
"Soloy’s poetic prose and sumptuous illustrations pay homage to this beloved artist and writer.
—Atlantic Books Today
"Soloy's When Emily Was Small is a satisfying, challenging, beautiful picture book that deserves to be shared with young readers and the young at heart.” —CM Reviews
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