Sarah May & the New Red Dress

Sarah May & the New Red Dress



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Sarah May & the New Red Dress by Andrea Spalding, Janet Wilson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551431178
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Janet Wilson is an award-winning artist and a published author, holding over 50 publishing copyrights in the children's literature field. She graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design as a mature student, the mother of two little boys. Janet's love of books combined with a particular talent for drawing children has brought her into the world of "kidlit." Her more realistic style lends itself to interpreting the stories of children's favorite authors in producing picture books. Sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions helps young readers grasp subjects ranging from dealing with death, the arrival of a new baby, the tragedy of war or just wishing your new dress was a different colour. Her awards include Best Illustrated Book in the United States in 2004 for Jasper's Day, Canadian Information Book of the Year for her artwork in In Flanders Fields, and she is the first non-native artist to be awarded the Native Reading Week Award for her illustrations in Solomon's Tree. Janet is a career artist known for her fine art commissioned portraits and still life paintings.

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.

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Sarah May & the New Red Dress 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
Amazing.....!Excellent......!Just enjoy it.....!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?