Farewell to Shady Gladeby Bill Peet
Bulldozers push the raccoon and his friends from their home, but they are able to find a new one after a terrifying train ride. "The best book Bill Peet has ever done." -- Publishers Weekly
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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- 8.63(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.25(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Bill Peet was the author of 34 books published by Houghton Mifflin. One of these, BILL PEET: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, was named a 1989 Caldecott Honor Book. All of Bill Peet’s books published by Houghton Mifflin Company, including his first book for children published in 1959, HUBERT'S HAIR-RAISING ADVENTURE, remain actively in print today.
In both his career as an author and illustrator of children’s books and in his work as sketch artist and continuity illustrator at Walt Disney, Bill Peet created a menagerie of memorable characters. As he himself noted, "I write about animals because I love to draw them. Most of my animal characters have human personalities, and some are much like the people I know."
At Walt Disney, where Bill Peet worked for 27 years, he was a key participant in the production of classic films such as Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and 101 Dalmatians for which he was not only an artist, but the screenwriter as well.
Bill Peet’s signature style enabled him to create fast-paced stories of fantastical adventure delivered with warmth and laugh-out-loud hilarity. His unfailing humor did not, however, prevent him from addressing such poignant issues as kindness toward others and respect for the environment. Through the exploits of his characters, Peet offered his audience a chance to see themselves and their world through new eyes.
"At some point," Bill Peet once said, "it occurred to me that drawing was something I couldn’t possibly give up, and somehow it must be turned into a profession." He went on to not only fulfill his dream but to introduce generations of young readers to his delightful vision of humor, friendship and compassion.
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Bill Peet is a wonderful storyteller and illustrator. His stories have a rhythm and flow that is mesmerizing. Combine that with the captivating illustrations and you have a book that will enchant children over and over again. My adult daughter received "Farewell to Shady Glade" when she was two years old and it became an immediate and lasting favorite. "Farewell to Shady Glade" is a favorite gift for a new generation of family and friends.
Shady Glade was one of my children's favorite books. The story has the right amount of drama to engage the child. It teaches and builds a concern for the world and environment without being preachy or righteous. As with all of Bill Peet's books it teaches a lesson about tolerating different personalities and a sense of working together. I will NEVER let go of this book. Again, as is with all Peet's books, the vocabulary, art work, lessons and content are unmatched.
This was my daughter's favorite book! The age range says 5-8, but my daughter received this as a gift at age two and would sit and listen, mesmerized by the pictures and story. The pictures are wonderfully engaging and the author's lyrical writing style really holds kids attention. A favorite of children and parents in our home!