Tuesday, March 22, 2022

ALSO by E.B. Goodale. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2022. 32p. ISBN 978-035815394-8 hc. $17.99     Gr. 1-4    E PIC

The narrator begins with drawing herself standing in the blueberry bushes near her grandmother's house, which triggers childhood memories of camping nearby.  From the blueberry bushes she looks through the window at her grandmother, who is also remembering her days as a little girl in that same yard.  Those blueberry bushes also initiate her mother's memories of picking blueberries with her sister.  Even the cat has memories of being a kitten in that same place.  The idea of the book is to treasure the present while remembering the past.  This is an abstract idea aimed at a young audience, but could lead to discussion in a classroom or at home.  The illustrations are helpful at cuing readers to memories by using shades of purple to denote the past.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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