Dear Annie

Dear Annie

by Judith Caseley
     
 

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"My grandpa is my pen pal." Annie tells her class at show-and-tell one day. It's true. Annie and Grandpa have written each other letters since the day Annie was born. When Annie was a baby, her mother answered Grandpa's letters. When she got a little older, Annie told her mother what to write. But now that she is in school, Annie can read Grandpa's letters herself

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"My grandpa is my pen pal." Annie tells her class at show-and-tell one day. It's true. Annie and Grandpa have written each other letters since the day Annie was born. When Annie was a baby, her mother answered Grandpa's letters. When she got a little older, Annie told her mother what to write. But now that she is in school, Annie can read Grandpa's letters herself — and answer them, too.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Caseley ( When Grandpa Came to Stay ; Molly Pink ) uses an innovative framework to convey the loving relationship between Annie and her Grandpa: the two communicate primarily through letters. When Annie was born, his first letter arrived, welcoming her to the world. While Annie is still too young to write back, her mother answers Grandpa's notes. But when the girl grows old enough to write to her grandfather, the two become devoted penpals. When Annie brings her box of letters from Grandpa into school, it is clear that hers is the most special show-and-tell. Though Caseley's characters are somewhat restrained in their facial expressions, she skillfully imitates several art styles in her detailed renditions of Grandpa's notecards. The full-toned watercolors are as heartwarming as the book's message, which will be especially reassuring to children who are separated by distance from their grandparents. Ages 4-up. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Letter-writing may be out of style, but this happy chronicle of mail between Annie and her grandfather may reverse the trend. Beginning at her birth and continuing at least until she can read and write, Annie's grandfather sends her frequent loving messages on appropriately decorated notepaper. At first Annie's mother writes the replies. Soon Annie becomes involved, dropping the envelope into the mailbox, dictating to her mother, and finally writing herself. She and her grandfather write of their lives and their visits--of sleigh rides and ice skating, of drinking hot chocolate and reading library books. Colorful watercolor medallions bring the letters to life and allow readers to watch Annie grow. The writing is an interesting combination of voices--terse and matter-of-fact narration with lively colloquial expressions in the letters. When Annie takes her collection of 86 cards and letters to show and tell, her classmates are moved to seek their own pen pals. Real children and their grandparents may be tempted to turn to this old-fashioned but effective way of showing love. --Nancy Seiner, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688135751
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/28/1994
Edition description:
First Mulberry Edition
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
173,159
Product dimensions:
7.87(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.00(d)
Lexile:
390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Judith Caseley says, "When I was a little girl, I fell in love with Abraham Lincoln. I was drawn to the kindness and melancholy I saw in his face. My sister Jean and I prayed to a framed portrait of him that hung on our bedroom wall. To this day, when I see Lincoln's likeness on the wall of a school auditorium, my heart lifts with gladness or my eyes fill with tears. I remember the fierce secrets we told him, the joys and sorrows that were for his ears only. It was a private act of communion, and we called him A. L."

Judith Caseley is the author-artist of such favorite picture books as On the Town: A Community Adventure; Bully; Mama, Coming and Going; and Dear Annie. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her two children.

Judith Caseley says, "When I was a little girl, I fell in love with Abraham Lincoln. I was drawn to the kindness and melancholy I saw in his face. My sister Jean and I prayed to a framed portrait of him that hung on our bedroom wall. To this day, when I see Lincoln's likeness on the wall of a school auditorium, my heart lifts with gladness or my eyes fill with tears. I remember the fierce secrets we told him, the joys and sorrows that were for his ears only. It was a private act of communion, and we called him A. L."

Judith Caseley is the author-artist of such favorite picture books as On the Town: A Community Adventure; Bully; Mama, Coming and Going; and Dear Annie. She lives on Long Island, New York, with her two children.

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