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Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara

Small Beauties: The Journey of Darcy Heart O'Hara

by Elvira Woodruff, Adam Rex
     
 

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"One day this child shall hold the very heart of our family in the palm of her hand," predicts Granny on the day Darcy Heart O'Hara is born in a cottage on Derry Lane, in the town of Pobble O'Keefe, in County Kerry, Ireland.

Darcy grows up to be a noticer, delighting in the small beauties all around her: a dew-covered spider web, castles in the clouds, a shiny

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"One day this child shall hold the very heart of our family in the palm of her hand," predicts Granny on the day Darcy Heart O'Hara is born in a cottage on Derry Lane, in the town of Pobble O'Keefe, in County Kerry, Ireland.

Darcy grows up to be a noticer, delighting in the small beauties all around her: a dew-covered spider web, castles in the clouds, a shiny wooden rosary bead. Life is simple but sweet in Pobble O'Keefe, with her family gathered round the hearth in the evenings while Granddad's voice fills the small room with stories. But in 1845, a blight strikes the land, the potatoes turn rotten, and Darcy and her family must leave Ireland forever. How will Darcy ever find a way to to bring the small beauties of home across the sea to America? Elvira Woodruff's story of emigration, heartbreak, and hope is vividly illustrated with the warm, evocative oil paintings of Adam Rex.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Melissa Hower
This story takes place in Ireland in the 1840s. Darcy Heart O'Hara, an Irish child from a large family living in the townland of Pobble O'Keefe, is different from the other children her age. She has a wonderful ability to find the simple beauty in everyday items and occurrences. Her ability to notice small details and to find the precious qualities in the things around her, make her special. Darcy notices everything from a dew-covered spider web to a butterfly wing. She often neglects her chores to watch the clouds pass or to pick up a flower. She is poor, but finding these small treasures make Darcy feel rich. Darcy loves to sit by the slate hearth and listen to Granddad's stories. The happy times come to an end after the family's potato crop rots. When the family cannot afford to pay the rent, their house is destroyed and they must leave Pobble O'Keefe forever. Darcy and her family are forced to immigrate to America. To the delight of her family, Darcy finds a way to bring some of her small beauties from Ireland to America. This is an inspiring story about courage, family, and immigration. The illustrations are beautiful, and the author's note at the end of the book is very interesting.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Darcy Heart O'Hara, the only daughter in a large Irish family, lives in a small cottage in Pobble O'Keefe in the 1840s. Born with a gift of seeing small beauties, she finds rocks, petals, and feathers and slips them into the hem of her ragged dress. The family reluctantly emigrates to America, and it is Darcy's small beauties that remind them of their old home and give them strength to move on in their new one. Woodruff subtly captures the lilt of Irish dialect, inviting reading the text aloud. Her smooth and descriptive prose takes readers along on the O'Haras' journey, capturing joyful times when "her father danced a jig in the firelight" and Granddad spun tales "in the glow of the peat fire-." Rex's mixed-media earth-tone illustrations are extraordinarily evocative, offering touching scenes with expressive faces and deep emotion. Rich in detail of the Irish landscape, the art gives a deeper understanding of this powerful story. Together, text and illustrations create a "small beauty" that gives a human face to immigration.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When Darcy is born after six sons, her grandmother says she will hold the heart of the family in her hand one day, and so she is named. As she grows, she notices things on their land in Ireland: a spider web sparkling with dew, cloud castles in the air. Darcy Heart, who has no pockets, takes a few stitches out of the hem of her dress so she can gather a flower petal or a butterfly wing. But the potato crops fail and there is no food. The agent of the Crown takes their cow and pigs (for they cannot pay rent), levels their cottage and offers passage to America. In a cramped cellar in New York City, Darcy takes out a bead from Granny's rosary, a stone from their hearth and dried blossoms of heather and buttercup, to remind them all of home, holding in her hand the heart of the family just as Granny predicted. Rex's pictures in charcoal, pencils and oils are strongly designed, with good use of the golden light of mist, memory and longing. Cityscape and cramped ship's quarters contrast with Darcy's green lane by the thatched cottage and the glow from its hearth. A little history in a lovely story. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307546708
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
04/30/2014
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
973,237
File size:
16 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Elvira Woodruff has written more than twenty picture books and novels for young readers, including Dear Levi: Letters from the Overland Trail,Dear Austin: Leters from the Underground Railroad,The Ghost of Lizard Light, and The Memory Coat, illustrated by Michael Dooling. The author lives in Martins Creek, PA.

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