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A Year Without Mom follows 12-year-old Dasha through a year full of turmoil after her mother leaves for America. It is the early 1990s in Moscow, and political change is in the air. But Dasha is more worried about her own challenges as she negotiates family, friendships and school without her mother. Just as she begins to find her own feet, she gets word that she is to join her mother in America — a place that seems impossibly far from everything and everyone she loves. -Amazon

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In gorgeous, oversize pages filled with warm jewel tones, Pearson’s varied panel layouts and detailed, purplish backgrounds artfully carry emotional weight and subtle humor in equal measure… Every volume of this fairy-tale-adventure series is a must-have.—Booklist


Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 9.55.19 AMLin has written and drawn an absolutely gorgeous adventure, weaving traditional Chinese folktales into the story of a young heroine on a quest to change her family’s fortune.

One of my all time favorites and a perfect read-aloud.

It started out as a bad day for little yellow bird, little white dog, little orange fox, and little brown squirrel. Until . . .

A wonderful, uplifting story that gently teaches young children how to deal with life’s small disappointments.

Young Shau-yu turns a simple errand into a magically imaginative adventure. On her way to buy eggs, she follows a cat’s shadow, peers through a blue marble, crunches leaves and makes her world blurry with a found pair of eyeglasses. She returns home to her loving father, having had, “such a busy day.”

This book is a triumph in its quiet brilliance. Though the color palate is muted earth tones and the story is modest in its every-day-ness, it brims with life and magic. The artist’s perspectives are fresh and unexpected: Shau-yu is able to follow a cat’s shadow which is cast on the ground—the cat is walking on a roof, so it appears that Shau-yu is teetering on the edge as well. When she looks through the blue marble, the world, “becomes a big blue ocean”—awash in a gorgeous tone.  Pure, delightful and utterly charming.

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