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Away

by Emil Sher, illustrated by Qin Leng

tagged: parents, camping & outdoor activities, new experience
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list price: $18.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
published: Apr 2017
pages: 32
ISBN:9781554984831
publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

Love shines through in the sticky notes shared between a mother and daughter in this picture book about making time for family in the midst of our busy lives.

Between work and school, homework and housework, a mother and daughter don’t always get to spend as much time together as they’d like. Add to that a little girl’s fears about leaving home for the first time, and the need to stay close through handwritten notes becomes even more important. As the camp departure date gets closer, Mom does her best to soothe her daughter’s nerves. A visit from her grandmother helps to calm her fears and convince her that she’ll have a good time, even away from her mother and beloved cat. Camp ends up being a wonderful adventure – but nothing is sweeter than a back-at-home reunion.

Qin Leng’s watercolor illustrations are the perfect complement to Emil Sher’s simple text. This nuanced story about a parent and child’s unconventional way of connecting is full of humor and affection. Young readers will enjoy spotting Lester the cat as he paws his way into the story.

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Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3
With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

About the Authors
Emil Sher’s works include stage plays, screenplays, radio dramas and essays. Following its world premiere at the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre (Toronto), Emil’s adaptation of Hana’s Suitcase toured Canada twice, has been staged in St. Louis (U.S. premiere) Chicago, Lexington and Milwaukee and will be staged in Israel in 2010. In 2005, Emil created Breadbox Theatre, designed especially to engage younger students from Kindergarten to Grade 2.
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QIN LENG lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. Her picture books include Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin by Chieri Uegaki (APALA Award, Governor General’s Literary Award finalist); Away by Emil Sher and A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O’Leary (both USBBY Outstanding International Books); When I Found Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam (Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist) and I Am Small, which Qin has written and illustrated.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
k to 2
Awards
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Best of the Year
  • Commended, Denver Public Library Best Children's & Teen Books
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens