What you know first (#33920K0)

by MacLachlan, Patricia; illustrated by Moser, Barry

3 reviews & awards | 3 full-text reviews

Paperback Joanna Cotler Books, 1995
Price: USD 7.54
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Int Lvl: 3-6; Rd Lvl: 3.2
AR 3.3 LG .5 21275EN; RC 3.2 1; LEX NP


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FollettBound Sewn Joanna Cotler Books, 1995

USD 14.67

From Follett

As a family prepares to move away from their farm, the daughter reflects on all the things she loves there so that when her baby brother is older she can tell him what it was like.

From the Publisher

The stunning picture book collaboration between Newbery Medal-winning author Patricia MacLachlan and acclaimed illustrator Barry Moser.

A young girl comes to terms with the fact that she and her family are leaving the prairie. As she talks herself into acceptance, her Mama helps her let go, commenting that the baby will need someone to tell him where he came from. So the girl gathers mementos--a bag of earth and a piece of cottonwood tree.

"As with Sarah, Plain and Tall, the subtext vibrates. So much is told in each perfectly chosen phrase. The story is deep and specific, but the pain and denial of a child leaving a known and loved place is all too universal. Moser's finely-wrought engravings, enhanced by moody tints, record the departure."--School Library Journal

1995 American Bookseller Association Pick of the Lists

Product Details
  • Publisher: Joanna Cotler Books
  • Publication Date: February 14, 1998
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Tracings: Moser, Barry, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 0-06-443492-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-06-443492-8
  • Follett Number: 33920K0
  • Catalog Number: 0064434923
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Reading Level: 3.2
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.3
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 21275EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: NP

Reviews & Awards
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 12/01/95
  • Child Study Children's Book Committee, 1996
  • Horn Book Magazine, 01/01/96

Full-Text Reviews
Horn Book Guide starred (March, 1996)
As the young narrator, who is leaving her prairie home, describes the familiar surroundings, her sense of loss is palpable. When she muses about staying behind -- perhaps living in the cottonwood tree or in the attic -- her parents say she needs to come with them, to tell the baby about the place they are leaving behind. MacLachlan's poetic text is accented by Moser's dark wood engravings.

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