a family favourite...best book ever!
Within the sanctuary of a loving family, baby Eli is born and, as he grows, "learns to cherish the people and places around him, eventualy passing on what he has discovered to his new baby sister, Sylvie: 'All the places to love are here . . . no matter where you may live.' This loving book will be something to treasure."'BL."The quiet narrative is so intensely felt it commands attention. . . . a lyrical celebration."'K.
An author whose powerful portrayals of families are often entwined with love for a home place weaves these familiar strands into a lyrical celebration of bonding with both. Beginning when his grandmother wraps him, at birth, "in a blanket made from the wool of her sheep," Eli describes his grandparents' and parents' joy in him and his in their farm, where all their names are carved on a barn rafter. As Eli grows, he explores the countryside; the book ends as he plans to share favorite places with a new baby sister. The quiet narrative is so intensely felt that it commands attention. Wimmer, who illustrated Burleigh's Flight (1991), depicts the traditional farm in a romantically realistic style, catching the exhilaration of belonging in an idyllic landscape or the exquisitely observed details of a particular turtle, or of a well-loved face, with equal skill. A book that courts sentimentality, but is so well crafted and essentially honest that it escapes it. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Charlotte Zolotow Bk.
For Ages: 6 - 7 years old
For Grades: 1 - 2
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 22nd April 1994
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.6 x 23.6 x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.4