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Charlie and his mother walk around the neighborhood doing errands so that Charlie can write in his notebook about the people and places that make up his community.
Posted September 1, 2002
When I started On the Town, a Community Adventure, I was in the Berkshires on my final vacation with my mother, who was dying of cancer. She is the nurse depicted on the scene with the refuse collectors and the park and church. We had just visited a museum, and she was tired. My mother died two weeks later. The barber shop is set in Lee, Massachusetts. My sister and her son posed for the scene. Then I went home to Glen Head, Long Island, and months later, trying to recover from my mom's death, slowly finished the pictures. I was worried that the book might come out grim and dark, but my mother and her spirit must have taken over. I hope it is bright and bustling and full of the love I have for my mother.She played hard and worked hard, and was my heroine. Forgive me for darkening the book with these images, but perhaps it is interesting to the reader to see that picture books, for the makers of them, can be cathartic. Enjoy the book. It helped me to get through months and months of loss. Love, Judith CaseleyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.