Sarah May needs a new dress. She longs for a red one, but Mother and Father insist that it must be made of a cheap material that doesn't show the dirt. A new dress of dismal blue is made. Sarah May and her friend the West Wind get together, and with a touch of mischief and the help of the weather, the longed for red dress becomes reality.
About the Author
Andrea Spalding is a prolific writer for children.
Born in the industrial city of Manchester England, she trained as a teacher. Then, with husband David, Andrea immigrated to Canada in 1967. After living in Alberta for 24 years, Andrea and David relocated to British Columbia and live on Pender Island, one of Canada's Southern Gulf Islands.
Canadian life proved to be rich and varied. Curiosity about her chosen country compelled Andrea to listen to other Canadian immigrants who shared tales that later became her folktale book, A World of Stories.
A love of the outdoors prompted her and David to take their family and travel quintessential Canada. They've skated on frozen lakes, worked on dinosaur digs, and panned for Yukon gold. Andrea has whale-watched on both coasts, enjoyed vineyards and theatre festivals on the Niagara Peninsula, and tapped her feet in Toronto jazz clubs. A highlight West Coast experience was assisting in the carving an Aboriginal Honour Pole with Tsimshian master carver Victor Reece. These experiences provided background for her stories.
Andrea's first children's book, The Most Beautiful Kite in the World, was selected as a Canadian Children's Book Center's "Our Choice." She has garnered awards and nominations ever since. Her fantasy novels - The Summer of Magic Quartet - are avidly read by both children and adults. Her picturebook, Secret Of The Dance, is her 30th. Written with Aboriginal Elder Alfred Scow, it has gained accolades from both the aboriginal and white communities.
Andrea gives school presentations across the country, and also teaches writing workshops, and in-service presentations to teachers, librarians, and any one interested in her passion for Children's Literature.
Visit Andrea's website at www.andreaspalding.com.
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Come ON! Sarah represents every little girl who is in too much of a hurry to grow up. Her mother represents every adult who grows uncomfortable when children start becoming teenagers. AND the West Wind represents nature, which ignores Sarah's mother and forces puberty on Sarah. And the RED dress is a rather blunt representation of one stark manifestation of female puberty. Didn't anyone else spot that?