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The Old Woman

by Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Nahid Kazemi

tagged: friendship, emotions & feelings, country life
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publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Description

The Old Woman is a beautiful portrait of an old woman who lives contentedly with her dog, from award-winning author Joanne Schwartz and illustrator Nahid Kazemi.

An old woman shares her home with a scruffy old dog, her best friend and constant companion.

One fall day, they go for a walk and the woman throws sticks for the dog. She loves hearing the autumn leaves under her feet and the wind in the trees. She looks up at a crow in the sky and imagines what it might feel like to fly. As the wind comes up and the light begins to fade, she remembers playing outside as a child, never wanting to go in. Suddenly she notices a stunning harvest moon against the darkening sky. The next morning, as she sits outside to watch the sun rise, she looks forward to spending a new day with her friend.

Gentle illustrations accompany this portrayal of an elderly person who lives peaceably with her dog, appreciating what each moment brings.

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2
>Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4
Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

About the Authors
Joanne Schwartz's first picture book Our Corner Grocery Store was a Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Finalist. Joanne had the honour to collaborate with Inuit Elder Qaunaq Mikkigak on two picture book versions of traditional Inuit tales, The Legend of the Fog and Grandmother Ptarmigan. Her recent picture book Town is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal and TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was a Governor General’s Literary Award nominee. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than thirty years. She lives in Toronto.
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NAHID KAZEMI is an author, illustrator and visual artist who has published more than sixty children’s books and has been nominated for both the Governor General’s Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. She has also taught art and has exhibited her work in Iran, France, Italy, the UK, Lebanon and Serbia. Nahid lives in Montréal, Quebec.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
k to 3
Awards
  • Commended, Globe 100 Favourite Books
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Books of the Year — Books for Young People
Editorial Reviews

What a joy it is to read.

 

— Sal’s Fiction Addiction Blog

Kazemi’s exquisite chalk-and-pastel illustrations are the perfect medium for this gentle story.

 

— Globe and Mail