Jarrod lives far away in a land where children climb trees and soar without fear of falling, and sunlight keeps out dark shadows.
As happy as Jarrod is living with his mother and his sister, he is also curious and daring. He wonders about the mysterious pond, the one place his mother wants him to stay away from. How deep is it? Why can't he go into the water? Why is his mother so afraid for him?
One day he cannot resist going to the pond. And there he encounters the fierce, green-as-slime "god of the pond," who lives deep down in the abyss. He tantalizes Jarrod with whispered promises of giving him anything he wants if only he will come into the water. How Jarrod answers those whispers changes life not only for himself but for all the creatures who live in the pond.
The books of award-winning novelist Patricia Cornwell have received critical acclaim and become national and international bestsellers. Cornwell is the recipient of the Edgar, Creasey, Anthony, and Macavity awards, as well as the French Prix du Roman d'Aventura and England's coveted Gold Dagger.
This, Cornwell's first children's book, came about because of a visit to a second-grade classroom in Los Angeles. After reading their stories, Patricia Cornwell was asked by the class if she had written any stories for children. That started her thinking, and on the flight home, she opened up her laptop. Life's Little Fable is the happy outcome.
A portion of the royalties for this book is being donated to the Virginia Literacy Foundation and Reading Is Fundamental(R)(RIF(R)), the nation's oldest and largest children's literacy organization.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||9.48(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||7 - 9 Years|
About the Author
Patricia Cornwell's most recent bestsellers include Red Mist, Port Mortuary, and Portrait of a Killer: Jack the Ripper-Case Closed. Her earlier works include Postmortem-the only novel to win five major crime awards in a single year-and Cruel and Unusual, which won Britain's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for the best crime novel of 1993. Dr. Kay Scarpetta herself won the 1999 Sherlock Award for the best detective created by an American author.
Hometown:Boston, MA and New York, NY
Date of Birth:June 9, 1956
Place of Birth:Miami, Florida
Education:B.A. in English, Davidson College, 1979; King College
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a little hard to understand to me. It is about a curious boy who had no fear of anything. He was drawn to the pond even though his mother told him to stay away. He went to the pond anyway and found out that there was a god wanting him to get in the water. He finally got close enough to find out that there was a crocodile trying to eat him. He got away. The boy said he was the god. All became friends. I have been known to do things that I shouldn't have also. This really helps children decide that maybe their parents do know what they are talking about. The parents care about their children enough to warn them of the danger out there. In the classroom, I would have the children use construction paper to cut out a bad thing that could be in the water and a good thing to glue on paper. Then I would have them write reasons beside each telling why they think they are good and bad.