My Great-Aunt Arizona

My Great-Aunt Arizona


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Reminiscent of the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, My Great-Aunt Arizona is an inspiring tale rich with history, family, and artistry. Based on a true story, author Gloria Houston's joyous recounting of her great-aunt Arizona's quiet yet meaningful life reminds us of the special place a great teacher can hold in our hearts—even after we've grown up.

Arizona was born in a log cabin her papa built in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She grew into a tall girl who liked to sing, square-dance, and—most of all—read and dream of the faraway places she would visit one day. Arizona never did make it to those places. Instead she became a teacher, helping generations of children in the one-room schoolhouse which she herself had attended.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064433747
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/1997
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 79,119
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Gloria Houston is the author of numerous books for children, including My Great-Aunt Arizona, illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb, which was a Smithsonian Treasure, a Family Channel's Best Book, an IRA Teachers' and Children's Choices book, and an NCTE Best Book, among other honors. She also wrote The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, illustrated by Barbara Cooney, which was an annual Publishers Weekly Bestseller and was named a Best Book of the Decade by the American Library Association. She currently lives in North Carolina.

Susan Condie Lamb has illustrated several other picture books for children, including the beloved My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston. Now writing and illustrating her own projects, Susan lives in Connecticut.

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My Great Aunt Arizona 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wturnbull06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of historical fiction because it starts with the narrator¿s aunt being born 90 years ago and tells about where she lived what she wore the kind of school she went to and other things about the time she grew up in and how it¿s changed. Characterization: Aunt Arizona is a round character because you know a lot about her and what she is like. media: water color and pencil
pamelasmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grades K-6; I went to a one-room-school so I can relate to this school; I really liked this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book teaches you a lesson that your imagination can take you anywhere. This book keeps the reader interested with the details of the main character and how she becomes a teacher for generations. The illustrations are very real and colorful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book's title is 'My Great Aunt Arizona' The author is Gloria Houston and the illustrator is Susan Condie Lamb. I like the book because it has great illistrations.I love when she (Susan) uses a lot of color and she takes her time on each character. This story is a little sad because around the ending Aunt Arizona (teacher) dies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading 'My Great-Aunt Arizona' written by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Susan Condie Lamb. I felt that it showed how much teachers can influence their students. My favorite quote, seen throughout the book, was 'But someday you will go.' This showed me that Arizona truly cared about her students and wanted them to succeed. The illustrator did a fantastic job of portraying the late 1800's into the turn of the century through pictures. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to become an inspirational teacher!