Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom

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Old Edna Cornblossom is gone, and the whole neighborhood misses her. Welcome to Arlington Court, where a trio of ten-year-olds, two eccentric adults, and a mischievous calico cat discover that, together, they carry their friend's beloved memory forward in their own lives.
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Overview

Old Edna Cornblossom is gone, and the whole neighborhood misses her. Welcome to Arlington Court, where a trio of ten-year-olds, two eccentric adults, and a mischievous calico cat discover that, together, they carry their friend's beloved memory forward in their own lives.
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Anita Skeen
First there was Wonderland, then Middle Earth, not long ago Hogwarts, and now Arlington Court. Colleen Anderson can imagine worlds we want to visit with the best of them, and in her tale of Toothbucket, Inchbald, and Cocobean the cat, we meet friends we want to keep for the rest of our lives. With the language of the poet and the narrative prowess of the storyteller, Anderson shows us that even in the most mundane places there is mystery; that the safest spaces can contain loss, but ultimately joy; and that we often forget to search for beauty where it is most profound–in ourselves.
—Anita Skeen (Director, the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University and author of Never the Whole Story)
Susan Sullivan
Colleen Anderson has the rare gift of turning the everyday worked into something magical. Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom has a timeless feel. Written with a poet's eye and brimming with heart, readers of this story will be hooked from the very first page. Prepare to be utterly charmed by Inchbald, Toothbucket, Cocobean the cat and, of course, Mrs. Cornblossom.
—Sarah Sullivan (author of Passing the Music Down, an NCTE 2012 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891852848
  • Publisher: Quarrier Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 89
  • Sales rank: 944,197
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted June 12, 2013

    I spent the most wonderful evening reading Colleen Anderson's Mi

    I spent the most wonderful evening reading Colleen Anderson's Missing: Mrs. Cornblossom. What a beautiful book. I was transported back to my childhood of fireflies and late-night freeze tag when our neighbors were just extended family. Mrs. Cornblossom, Toothbucket, and Inchbald were like all those nurturing porch-sitters who taught me about the natural world, about how to make cookies, about music, charity, compassion, and fairness. There is so much magic in these pages, in these characters who ache for lost friends, in the children who are hungry for adventure and understanding. I hope there are still places like Arlington Court in the world. If not, I know I can find it in this book, a place of warmth and nostalgia that I’ll visit again and again.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

    Colleen Anderson's book is a beautiful collection of vignettes o

    Colleen Anderson's book is a beautiful collection of vignettes on the stability of life in the midst of change.  Her writing is poetic and lyrical.  As a therapist, I often deal with loss and change.  This book is a beautiful reminder of how to find comfort and stability in the midst of change.  I treasure this book and will keep it as I would a favorite poem or photo.

    Amy Williams, Owner/Therapist Amy Williams Wellness

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    I have no idea of what one must do to reach a young audience. I

    I have no idea of what one must do to reach a young audience. I do sense that a "children's book" is, like a good-looking cat food, one that adult humans would want to eat themselves. Well, I want to eat this book. And of course it seems like kids would be intrigued. I certainly felt like one when I was reading it. Perhaps that is a good indicator of Colleen's success.

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  • Posted January 14, 2013

    This lovely story encompasses all the senses, intrigue, mystery,

    This lovely story encompasses all the senses, intrigue, mystery, sadness, compassion and joy.  Those of us who
    live in the area where Colleen Anderson found her inspiration for this book, are  delighted to have
    such a talent in our midst.  Kathryn A. Stone

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