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Lila and the Crow
By (author): Gabrielle Grimard
9781554518586 Hardcover, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 4, Grade (US) from 1 - 4 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance Oct 11, 2016
$21.95 CAD
Forthcoming 9 x 9 x 0.3 in 32 pages Annick Press
 
Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017 Skipping Stones Honor Book 2017 Toronto Public Library’s First & Best List 2016
Lila has just moved to a new town and can't wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: "A crow! A crow! The new girl's hair is black like a crow!" The others whisper and laugh, and Lila's heart grows as heavy as a stone. The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat. And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow who seems to want to tell her something. Lila ignores the bird and even throws rocks at it, but it won't go away. Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching. While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than ever. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens Lila's eyes to the beauty of being different, and gives her the courage to proudly embrace her true self.

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Gabrielle Grimard has illustrated over 30 picture books, including When I Was Eight and Not My Girl for Annick Press. This is her first book as both author and illustrator. She lives in Quebec, Canada.

“A painful story of exclusion and bullying, tinged with magic.” —Publishers Weekly, 12/01/16

- Publisher's Weekly

“The mixed-media paintings are emotive and appealing.”

- School Library Journal

“A very powerful story to share with children who are learning to accept themselves and others.”

- Resource Links

“Lila is a meaningful example of a girl who finds strength in her differences.”

- Quill &?Quire

“An engaging narrative.”

- CM?Reviews

“The images created in watercolor by Gabrielle Grimard are perfectly in keeping with the story told.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“One of the most beautifully illustrated children’s books I’ve ever seen. The landscapes and scenes are full of a sense of place and Lila’s emotions are easy to feel through the illustrations.” —The Metropolitan Field Guide, 05/26/17

- Kelly Brenner, The Metropolitan Field Guide

“An engaging narrative.” —CM?Magazine, 03/17/17

- Huai-Yang Lim, CM Magazine

“The images created in watercolor by Gabrielle Grimard are perfectly in keeping with the story told.” —Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 03/17/17

- Sally Bender, Sal’s Fiction Addiction

“A very powerful story to share with children who are learning to accept themselves and others.” —Resource Links, 02/01/17

- Tanya Boudreau, Resource Links

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