Naming of Tishkin Silk

Naming of Tishkin Silk

by Millard, Patrice Barton
     
 

Griffin Silk is an uncommon boy, from an uncommon sort of family—but lately Griffin isn’t so sure that’s a good thing. If he were an ordinary boy, he wouldn’t have to worry about the secret in his heart and maybe he would understand why his mother and baby sister have gone away. When Griffin starts school and meets the spirited Princess

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Overview

Griffin Silk is an uncommon boy, from an uncommon sort of family—but lately Griffin isn’t so sure that’s a good thing. If he were an ordinary boy, he wouldn’t have to worry about the secret in his heart and maybe he would understand why his mother and baby sister have gone away. When Griffin starts school and meets the spirited Princess Layla, a once-in-lifetime friend who can heal souls, the answers to his questions gently start to unfold. And just like the mythical beast whose name he bears, Griffin discovers that he has uncommon courage and the heart of a lion.

Sweet black-and-white illustrations enrich this heartwarming story about love, loss, friendship, and the importance of family.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The language is quite accessible to its young audience, but it’s also rich and original in detail . . . . This is the first of Millard’s Silk family books to be published in the U.S., and readers who have followed this installment will surely hope there will be more to come.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“This engaging, compassionate portrait of loss, grief, and healing has a quietly powerful impact.” —Booklist

“Those who enjoy extra helpings of sentiment and whimsy in their chapter books will find much to like in this award winner first published in Australia in 2003.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Young readers will be touched by the quirky and thoughtful personalities of Griffin and Layla and will learn a powerful lesson about family resilience.” —BookPage

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—In the Silk family, a child's first birthday is a significant one: it's the day the youngster is given a name. Griffin and his five older sisters all had their special moment, but their younger sister died before her first birthday and their mother is recovering from her grief in a hospital. Griffin is attending public school for the first time in his life, has been put a grade ahead, and is having difficulty fitting in with the other kids. Then he meets Layla, who immediately connects with Griffin and his unusual family. He even shows her the elaborate Naming Day books that were created for each Silk child. But Griffin cannot bring himself to tell Layla much about his baby sister (whom he has named Tishkin), or that he is afraid that he didn't love her enough—that his jealousy caused her death and his mother's withdrawal. Slowly and patiently, Layla teases out Griffin's feelings and eventually suggests that a Naming Day party for his sister would be a wonderful event for the entire family. Tishkin's party provides the healing that the family needs and a new beginning for all. This book is a little gem. Griffin is described as an uncommon boy (he was born on February 29), but his feelings and fears are those of all children. Barton's soft pen-and-ink drawings perfectly fit this quiet story.—Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Griffin Silk's mother and baby sister have gone away, and Griffin is haunted by their absence, for which he feels responsible. After a dismal first day of school, Griffin is befriended by Layla, a simpatico classmate. Their friendship helps Griffin work through his losses and find a way to help his family do the same. Those who enjoy extra helpings of sentiment and whimsy in their chapter books will find much to like in this award winner first published in Australia in 2003. Oddly reminiscent of Hilary McKay's equally quirky Casson family, Griffin's older sisters are named after colors-including Saffron and Indigo. Both authors use the names to signal the characters' specialness. While Griffin's story has an old-fashioned feel and is occasionally sentimental, it's never maudlin, thanks to Millard's gift for humor that rings true, as when Layla, an aspiring hair stylist, cuts Griffin's hair and horrifies her parents. Other strengths include a rich sense of place-rural Australia-and insight into how we process grief, young and old alike. (Fiction. 7-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374354817
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.49(w) x 7.95(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile:
930L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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