What You Know First   -     By: Patricia MacLachlan, Barry Moser
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What You Know First

HarperCollins / 1998 / Paperback

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A little girl must leave her cherished home on the prairie. But how can she say good-bye to all the things she loves--the endless sky, the ocean of grass, her cottonwood tree? Papa says she'll never forget her birthplace, but she wants to make sure. So before they go, she finds a special way to carry with her part of what she knew first.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 8.95 X 8.81 X 0.16 (inches)
ISBN: 0064434923
ISBN-13: 9780064434928

Publisher's Description

‘A child 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 mementoes—a bag of earth and a piece of cottonwood tree. . . .A novel hides in these few pages. As with Sarah, Plain and Tall, the subext 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.’—SLJ.

1995 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)

Author Bio

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; and The Truth of Me; she is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily.

Barry Moser is the prizewinning illustrator and designer of more than three hundred books for children and adults. He is widely celebrated for his dramatic wood engravings for the only twentieth-century edition of the entire King James Bible illustrated by a single artist. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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