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Jacinta's Orderly World

by (author) Margaret Sullivan

illustrated by Scot Ritchie

Plumleaf Press
Initial publish date
May 2024
General, Colors
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
Recommended Reading age
3 to 7
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2024
    List Price

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Jacinta carefully manages her environment and belongings - everything has to be placed just right, in the right place.

On an outing with her father, she has a chance meeting with an overturned oil can, and learns to see rainbows where she once saw an awful mess. A visit to their car mechanic shows her that there can be efficiency in what at first looks like raw chaos.

About the authors

Margaret Sullivan's profile page


Scot Ritchie est un auteur-illustrateur primé vivant à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Il a illustré, et parfois écrit, plus de 40 livres pour enfants, dont Suivons la carte, Dis-moi pourquoi et There was an Old Lady that Swallowed a Puck.


Scot Ritchie is an award winning illustrator who lives in Vancouver British Columbia. He has illustrated over 40 children's books, (some of which he also wrote) including Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here, Up, Up and Away and the Basics for Beginners series, Hockey, Baseball and Soccer.



Scot Ritchie's profile page

Excerpt: Jacinta's Orderly World (by (author) Margaret Sullivan; illustrated by Scot Ritchie)

"Among the things Jacinta could control, she wielded her special talents every day."

Editorial Reviews

“I found this story so very comforting & entertaining. I deeply related to Jacinta! I want to place this book lovingly, in perfect order on my shelf! Thank you, Margaret Sullivan from those of us who find peace & joy in bringing a little order to a chaotic world.”

Rose Abdoo, American movie and television actress

"Children seek ways to understand their world. One way is to create an environment they can control. Jacinta does just that, but learns that order is relative and unique to each being. What a delightful tale about the mind of a delightful child. And the whimsical illustrations bring the story to life."

Jan Chindlund, volunteer, life-long learner, retired Head of Libraries, Columbia College Chicago

“Margaret Sullivan’s charming book, Jacinta’s Orderly World, shows us that there is also beauty and order in imperfection.”

Chuck Gonzales, author and artist of the Carlos Gomez graphic novel series

“Wholly engaging both for the reader and the listener. There’s a bit of Jacinta in every child, and every child will feel relief to know that it is alright to want to manage your little piece of the world.”

Jamie Wollam, father, music teacher and songwriter/drummer for Tears for Fears

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