Deep in the woods there used to be a house where a family once lived. Over there was the chimney. Just imagine little toes warming up beside it. And see those daffodils? Someone took special care to plant and tend to them so that every spring they blossomed as brightly as the year before.
Both the house and the family are gone now, but if you go to that spot in the woods, you'll find the chimney and the flowers. Then all you have to do is close your eyes and imagine...With Crescent Dragonwagon's poetic text and Jerry Pinkney's rich watercolors, past and present briefly touch in this remarkable book.
About the Author
Crescent Dragonwagon's books for children include Half a Moon and One Whole Star and Home Place. She's also the author of several novels, a book of poetry, and cookbooks, such as Passionate Vegetarian. With her late husband Ned Shank, she is the cofounder of the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. That's where she lives, and it can be rainy or sunny there sometimes both in one day. You can also visit her on the Web at www.dragonwagon.com, where the weather is whatever you'd like it to be.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A girl & her parents happen upon pieces of an old homestead & wonder about the people that may have lived there. Excellent story about the imagined past. A children's book for children & adults alike. Great illustrations.
This book has been seared in my memory, and finally, I have a copy in my hands. A family, poking through the woods, sees signs of a now-abandoned home in a broken-down chimney and the daffodils remaining. Text is poetic; illustrations evocative.
This de-accessioned book, marked "Discarded," on sale at my local public library is about an abandoned house in the woods. All that remains are the chimney, the house's foundation, the daffidils that bloom every spring, and broken bits and pieces that give hints of the lives of the people who once lived there. The vibrant water colors by Jerry Pinkney show a modern-day family wandering about the place and an African-American family of long ago living in the house. The book encourages the reader to think about how objects hint at history, especially the history of ordinary people.