Seven-year-old Leland has trouble writing, but he loves drawing. He so dislikes his teacher that he conjures up Delilah, an imaginary seeing-eye dog to help him into class each day. When a neighborhood painter recognizes Leland's gifts as an artist, Leland grows more confident about the world as he uniquely sees it. And when his family's cat goes missing, it is Leland's keen observation skills that lead to finding him. Leland's newfound confidence helps him both confront and sympathize with his teacher, who only ...
Seven-year-old Leland has trouble writing, but he loves drawing. He so dislikes his teacher that he conjures up Delilah, an imaginary seeing-eye dog to help him into class each day. When a neighborhood painter recognizes Leland's gifts as an artist, Leland grows more confident about the world as he uniquely sees it. And when his family's cat goes missing, it is Leland's keen observation skills that lead to finding him. Leland's newfound confidence helps him both confront and sympathize with his teacher, who only wishes Leland could be a bit more focused.
Gr 2–3—Leland is constantly in trouble with his teacher for daydreaming in class, not doing his work, and always wanting to draw. One day, his family's cat wanders away, and the seven-year-old uses his artistic skills to draw a missing poster to hang in the neighborhood. A local painter sees it and invites Leland to take art lessons from her. Her encouragement helps him find Pumpkin, tell his teacher how he feels, and boosts his confidence. The full-page, black-and-white illustrations help children visualize the action in the story. Newly independent readers might sympathize with Leland's frustration at school and be encouraged when his teacher actually listens to him.—Amy Commers, South St. Paul Public Library, MN
"Offers a story that will appeal to boys as well as girls in the primary grades. Themes of loneliness, friendship, and perseverance are ones to which many students will relate. The vocabulary is manageable but still interesting, and Cassidy does a thorough job of describing her characters and settings. The ending is satisfying and uplifting, leaving readers with a good feeling about appreciating our abilities and facing challenges."
"A wonderful little novel for beginning readers. This story is interesting enough to keep hesitant readers engaged, with very detailed and beautiful illustrations...With the final message of acceptance and doing one's best to improve, Seeing Orange makes for an effective classroom read."
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"Cassidy does a fine job constructing sentences for learning readers while also modeling wonderful sentence structure and examples for learning writers. Full of vivid descriptions and emotion, this book will attract a wide range of readers. Multimedia b&w illustrations are engaging and quite detailed. Some readers may find the artwork as interesting as the story itself. This title comes with an online Teacher's Guide so the book can be used in literature circles or as classroom reads. Overall, this book makes a fine choice for both classroom and school libraries due to its wide reader appeal and early reading level."
- Allison Fetters
Leland greatly dislikes Mr. Carling's class because of the writing assignments that Leland finds to be quite grueling. He is so unhappy in the class that he must rely on his imaginary dog, Delilah, to help him get through each day. If only Mr. Carling would allow Leland to draw his thoughts. When Leland meets Pamela, a lady in his neighborhood who is an artist, his eyes are opened. His mother pays for Leland to take art lessons with Pamela. The lessons instantly begin to provide Leland with the inspiration he has been missing. Not only does Leland learn to draw what he sees, he also learns to face his fears. He starts with the back stairs at his house where the spiders, cobwebs, and broken pottery reside. Eventually, Leland even comes to a mutual understanding with Mr. Carling. Throughout it all, Pumpkin, Leland's cat, is missing, but by the end she returns home to her family where she belongs. This tale is not only heart-warming but also engaging. The illustrations add a warmth and realism to the story to make it complete. Reviewer: Allison Fetters
Sara Cassidy has worked as a professional clown, a youth hostel manager, a tree planter in five Canadian provinces and a human-rights witness in Guatemala. Her poetry, fiction and articles have been widely published, and she has won a Gold National Magazine Award. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her three children. More information about Sara can be found at saracassidywriter.com.
Amy Meissner currently lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Her two, bad orange cats keep her company in the studio all day long where she paints, draws, writes, cuts fabric, and moves cats off the things they aren't supposed to sleep on. Creating art for children's books is Amy's favorite job, but she also illustrates for posters and articles. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing and has undergraduate degrees in both Art and Textiles.