The Secret Remedy Book: A Story of Comfort and Love

The Secret Remedy Book: A Story of Comfort and Love

by Karin Cates, Wendy Anderson Halperin, Wendy Anderson Halperin
     
 

From the talented illustrator,Wendy Anderson Halperin, comes a heartwarming story about what to do when you feel blue and how the love of good friend can be all that you need.

Lolly loves to visit her Auntie Zep. But when her mother and father leave her alone with Auntie Zep for a whole month, a great sadness develops in Lolly and she can't make it go away. So

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From the talented illustrator,Wendy Anderson Halperin, comes a heartwarming story about what to do when you feel blue and how the love of good friend can be all that you need.

Lolly loves to visit her Auntie Zep. But when her mother and father leave her alone with Auntie Zep for a whole month, a great sadness develops in Lolly and she can't make it go away. So Auntie Zep finds the perfect remedy for Lolly's sadness, the Great-Great-Grandmother's Secret Remedy Book. The book contains seven different remedies for Zep and Lolly to share. Together they slowly drink fresh apple juice, plant a seed, feed a wild thing, read poetry, and much more.

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Kirkus Reviews June 15th, 2003
Halperin's great gift is to make expressive and exquisitely detailed pictures: large ones to cover the page; and smaller related vignettes, often in a row along the sides or top or bottom like an ancient altarpiece. She does this to excellent effect in Cates's gentle story of Lolly, who at last gets to spend month with Auntie Zep but finds she misses her parents terribly. Auntie Zep takes her to the attic to retrieve from an old trunk the Secret Remedy Book, bound in flowered wallpaper and written in a spidery Halperin hand. There are seven remedies that must be done before the first hoot of an owl. Lolly and Aunt Zep savor a glass of apple juice, until they can almost taste the very tree it came from. Other remedies include planting, observing, and reading that very special passage in a favorite book. By bedtime and the owl's hoot, they have done all seven, including the last, which is "Dream of doing great things. You must think of one small, great thing you can do tomorrow." Solace, ritual, simplicity, tenderness, and care for the natural world are offered on each page as naturally as breathing, and the pale radiance of Halperin's illustrations bring comfort and joy.

Booklist June 15th, 2003
Lolly loves visiting Auntie Zep, but this time, she's homesick. Auntie Zep thinks Lolly's tears can be cured by her Secret Remedy book. Lolly drinks apple juice, almost tasting the blossoms; she and her aunt plant seeds and notice something they've never seen before on a walk; they feed a wild thing, read, write a letter, and dream of great things as the remedies work. Halperin's art has a way of making a book special, no matter who the book's author is. That's true here, though Cates' sweet sentiments (and useful ideas) will certainly appeal to children. The marvelously detailed pictures are layered with details that extend the text. For instance, the trunk containing the book has &&a watery smell like the ocean and a sun-dried smell." The border art shows such events as the trunk on a wagon, a ship, a sleigh, and a plane, as it tells a story within the story. A delightfully hands-on approach to chasing away the blues. -Ilene Cooper
Publishers Weekly
(May 5, 2003; 0-439-35226-6)

The best remedy for homesickness? Small acts of kindness, reflection and being in the moment, Cates (A Far-Fetched Story) gently asserts. When young Lolly finds herself unexpectedly missing her family during a much-anticipated visit to her bohemian Auntie Zep, her aunt takes her up to the attic to a trunk that "had once traveled far." An overview spread depicts its contents, from which Auntie Zep takes the well-worn Secret Remedy Book. Together, Lolly and her aunt undertake its seven tasks, which must be completed "before the first hoot of an owl-or none of them will work!" Both the leisurely pace of the text and the series of paintings that follow a walk through the woods ("You must see something that you have never noticed before") or undertaking to "Write a cheerful letter to some dear soul" ("You must put something unexpected in the envelope," the remedy continues) reflect a faith that all will be completed in a timely way, without rushing. Halperin's (Homeplace) characteristic patchwork of pictures rendered in soft, bleached hues work to great effect here. On one spread, she depicts aunt and niece writing their letters in their own rooms as the main action; in corresponding side panels, Lolly encloses a mockingbird feather in a note to her father while the aunt tucks a heart-shaped leaf into a letter to Lolly's mother; an inset illustration shows them going to the mailbox together. Halperin's paintings simulate lovingly stitched quilts that nicely echo the Remedy Book's handcrafted, heirloom appearance. Ages 5-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Publishers Weekly
The best remedy for homesickness? Small acts of kindness, reflection and being in the moment, Cates (A Far-Fetched Story) gently asserts. When young Lolly finds herself unexpectedly missing her family during a much-anticipated visit to her bohemian Auntie Zep, her aunt takes her up to the attic to a trunk that "had once traveled far." An overview spread depicts its contents, from which Auntie Zep takes the well-worn Secret Remedy Book. Together, Lolly and her aunt undertake its seven tasks, which must be completed "before the first hoot of an owl-or none of them will work!" Both the leisurely pace of the text and the series of paintings that follow a walk through the woods ("You must see something that you have never noticed before") or undertaking to "Write a cheerful letter to some dear soul" ("You must put something unexpected in the envelope," the remedy continues) reflect a faith that all will be completed in a timely way, without rushing. Halperin's (Homeplace) characteristic patchwork of pictures rendered in soft, bleached hues work to great effect here. On one spread, she depicts aunt and niece writing their letters in their own rooms as the main action; in corresponding side panels, Lolly encloses a mockingbird feather in a note to her father while the aunt tucks a heart-shaped leaf into a letter to Lolly's mother; an inset illustration shows them going to the mailbox together. Halperin's paintings simulate lovingly stitched quilts that nicely echo the Remedy Book's handcrafted, heirloom appearance. Ages 5-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
We all have days when sadness just won't be pushed away, when we miss someone or some place. As we begin the story, Lolly is going to visit her Auntie Zep alone for the first time. What surprises Lolly is that she soon finds herself feeling very lonely and homesick. So unhappy is she that her bright and cheerful aunt decides that something has to be done. Sometime in the past, someone in Auntie Zep's family put together a book of secret remedies for those with aching hearts. With her unforgettable and delightful illustrations Wendy Anderson Halperin has brought Karin Cates' story of Auntie Zep's remedy book to life. There is always something more to find within the illustrations on each page, another story or detail to discover that you have never seen before. Lolly and her aunt have to complete all seven remedies before the owl hoots or the cure will not work. So, they set about following the directions in Auntie Zep's book. Each remedy offers new delights and at the same time reminds one of the simpler things in life, things we forget to do as we hurtle along from one thing to the next in our busy lives. If anything, this wonderful and special book is a reminder to stop and look about you, to realize that there are 'remedies' all about you if you look hard enough to see them. 2003, Orchard Books,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Lolly goes to visit Auntie Zep all by herself for the first time, she develops a serious case of homesickness. Her aunt knows just the thing to cure the child's tears. In the cluttered old attic of Zep's cozy country home, locked in a well-traveled trunk, is a homemade book covered in old, flowery wallpaper-The Secret Remedy Book. The seven remedies inside are each simple, natural, and sweet, e.g., "Plant a seed in good earth. You must do something sneaky to keep the seed safe." All seven tasks must be completed before the "first hoot of an owl," and Lolly and Auntie Zep spend the day working through them together. This wonderfully warm and satisfying story is paired with Halperin's lovely illustrations. Her trademark details and patterns abound, with softened edges, muted colors, and quiet landscapes. Each spread tells just enough of the story, with borders and inserts that expand it beyond the text. Perfect for laptime sharing, this book will comfort and enfold readers like a faded old quilt.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Halperin's great gift is to make expressive and exquisitely detailed pictures: large ones to cover the page; and smaller related vignettes, often in a row along the sides or top or bottom like an ancient altarpiece. She does this to excellent effect in Cates's gentle story of Lolly, who at last gets to spend a month with Auntie Zep but finds she misses her parents terribly. Auntie Zep takes her to the attic to retrieve from an old trunk the Secret Remedy Book, bound in flowered wallpaper and written in a spidery hand. There are seven remedies that must be done before the first hoot of an owl. Lolly and Aunt Zep savor a glass of apple juice, until they can almost taste the very tree it came from. Other remedies include planting, observing, and reading that very special passage in a favorite book. By bedtime and the owl's hoot, they have done all seven, including the last, which is "Dream of doing great things. You must think of one small, great thing you can do tomorrow." Solace, ritual, simplicity, tenderness, and care for the natural world are offered on each page as naturally as breathing, and the pale radiance of Halperin's illustrations bring comfort and joy. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439352260
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/30/2003
Series:
My Great-Great-Grandmother's Secret Remedy Book Series
Edition description:
1ST SCHOLA
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 Years

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