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Meet an unforgettable bibliophile

Elizabeth Brown doesn't like to play with dolls and she doesnt like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can't even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do? Start her own public library, of course! With charming verse and watercolors Sarah Stewart and David Small celebrate one of America's oldest and finest...

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David Small (Illustrator) Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.A. 1999 Soft Cover Sunburst Edition, 4th Printing New in None as Issued jacket BRAND NEW Copy. An inspirational story of a ... true lover of books. Elizabeth Brown learnt to read very early, and books over dolls or skates. One day the town gains a rich library...a present from Elizabeth who elected to "give to the town all I ever had." Read more Show Less

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Overview

Meet an unforgettable bibliophile

Elizabeth Brown doesn't like to play with dolls and she doesnt like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can't even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do? Start her own public library, of course! With charming verse and watercolors Sarah Stewart and David Small celebrate one of America's oldest and finest institutions.

 

The Library is a 1995 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year.

Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creators of The Money Tree paint a blithe yet affectionate portrait of a woman whose life centers on reading. Elizabeth Brown's obsession begins in childhood:

She didn't like to play with dolls,
She didn't like to skate.
She learned to read quite early
And at an incredible rate.

Stewart's nimble verse follows the bibliophile through the years as she fills her home with books. Finally,

when volumes climbed the parlor walls
And blocked the big front door,
She had to face the awful fact
She could not have one more.

Elizabeth then decides to share her wealth: she donates her collection to the town, turns her home into a library and - of course - continues to read voraciously. Attuned to the story's humor and period setting, Small's (George Washington's Cows) airy illustrations charm with historical touches and soothing pastel hues. Triple-ruled black borders and filigreed corners suggest a family album of old, while black-and-white spot art highlights details of a singular life. The book's dedication adds a poignant note— "To the memory of the real Mary Elizabeth Brown, Librarian, Reader, Friend 1920-1992." All ages. (Apr.)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this "blithe yet affectionate portrait of a woman whose life centers on reading," said PW, "Small's airy illustrations charm with historical touches and soothing pastel hues." All ages. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judith Gravitz
Elizabeth Brown loves books-reading and collecting them, and ultimately sharing them. Small's whimsical drawings capture the superfluous volumes as they threaten to overtake Elizabeth Brown's house: "When volumes climbed the parlor walls/ And blocked the big front door,/ She had to face the awful fact/ She could not have one more." Small's pictures show the volumes creating overwhelming towers in all available space, comically creeping out of the neatly black-framed illustrations, and spilling over into the gutters of the book. Elizabeth Brown's solution to this book problem is to share her books with everyone in the truly delightful book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4When Sarah Stewart's The Library was published (Farrar, 1995), librarians across the country looked at the endearing character of Elizabeth Brown and shouted "That's me!" Anyone who grows up with as intense a love of books as Elizabeth is bound to bond with libraries in one way or another. This sweet, simple story has now been issued in video and audio formats. The female narrator gives a warm, approachable reading to Stewart's gently humorous verse. The sprightly cello soundtrack suits the text perfectly. A few subtle sound effects enhance the story. In the video version, David Small's (Imogene's Antlers) softly shaded line drawings are panned to pick out the details which best describe the text. The whimsical, yet not altogether unrealistic story is a good choice for
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"Reading has never looked quite so delicious." —Booklist

"A story told in witty rhyme, about a bookish Elizabeth Brown, who . . . takes her greatest pleasures in life from her literary treats . . . This is a funny, heartwarming story about a quirky woman with a not-so-peculiar obsession. Cheers for Elizabeth Brown, a true patron of the arts." — School Library Journal

"The author and illustrator have created [a] strong, independent, iconoclastic heroine . . . The illustrations of glorious piles of more and more books and of happy, red-headed Elizabeth Brown and a friend reading by the fire . . . depict the acme of utter bliss for bibliomaniacs." — The Horn Book

"A joy to look at." — The New York Times Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374443948
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 9/10/1999
  • Series: Sunburst Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.76 (w) x 10.82 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Husband and wife duo Sarah Stewart and David Small have worked together on several picture books, including The Gardener, a Caldecott Honor book available from Square Fish. Small has also illustrated other books, including the 2001 Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President?, by Judith St. George. Stewart and Small live in a historic home on a bend of the St. Joseph River in Michigan.

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    Such fun!

    I love Sarah Stewart and David Small, and the story, of a kid who loves reading and grows up to become a librarian of her own books, is so comically illustrated that a child I read this to, giggled and said "just like me!" Get several- one book to keep and others to give away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Cute

    This was a cute read. Love the pictures in this, conveys what the character is going through and is like. Also, by the end of it, you're thinking, that's quite a collection. So, many, books. But at the same time, can't help but think, hmmm, don't know how I feel about the ending. Doesn't mean I didn't like the book. I really did. Like I said, a cute read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    luv it

    i used to do nothin but read this when i was a kid and now i am going to read it to my kids once i have one and my brothers kids

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    Sweet and Simple!

    A young woman goes from enjoying a solitary life of books, to giving generously. After books begin piling up at Elizabeth's house, she has a fantastic idea. Why not make my home into a library and let many others enjoy all of my wonderful books! And she does. And brings happiness to those around her by sharing what she knows best and what has been a big influence on her life. It is a charming little story about sharing and caring that readers from age 1 to 100 can enjoy!

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    Posted August 1, 2009

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