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The library




Publication Information:
[Pine Plains, N.Y.] : Live Oak Media, ℗1996.
Physical Description:
1 audio disc (13 min., 38 sec.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book ([28] pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm)
General Note:
Accompanying book illustrated by David Small.

One program with tones, one program without tones.

Juvenile readalong CD to be used with the book of the same title.
Track 1: (5:30) narration with page turn signals; track 2: (5:20) narration with no page turn signals.
Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.
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Meet an unforgettable bibliophile

Elizabeth Brown doesn't like to play with dolls and she doesnt like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books. The only problem is that her library has gotten so big she can't even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do? Start her own public library, of course! With charming verse and watercolors Sarah Stewart and David Small celebrate one of America's oldest and finest institutions.

Author Notes

Sarah Stewart and David Small are the author and illustrator of The Gardener , a Caldecott Honor Book. They live in a historic house in Michigan.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4‘A story told in witty rhyme, about bookish Elizabeth Brown, who ``learned to read quite early/And at an incredible rate.'' The story follows the young bibliophile from infancy to old age, as she takes her greatest pleasures in life from her literary treats. As an elderly woman, she donates her house and all of her treasures to the town for a library, and moves in with a friend. Framed watercolors give the book an old-fashioned, scrapbooklike appearance, in keeping with the details and dress of a time gone by. Books topple over beds and line her halls and walls, taking over every inch of space in her spacious home. Elizabeth is never seen without a tome, whether vacuuming or exercising. Small black-ink line drawings decorate the verses below and often add an additional touch of humor. This is a funny, heartwarming story about a quirky woman with a not-so-peculiar obsession. Cheers for Elizabeth Brown, a true patron of the arts.‘Trev Jones, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this "blithe yet affectionate portrait of a woman whose life centers on reading," said PW, "Small's airy illustrations charm with historical touches and soothing pastel hues." All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Elizabeth Brown learns to read early and stays up reading until late. As an adult, she tries to read her way through all the books in existence, and her house grows more and more crowded until she gives her house and its contents to the town for a library. This deeply satisfying story is told in simple rhyme; the illustrations of glorious piles of books and of happy Elizabeth Brown and a friend reading by the fire depict the acme of utter bliss for bibliomaniacs. From HORN BOOK 1995, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Although there is no author's note, this picture book is dedicated to the memory of the real librarian who inspired it. The story begins with young Elizabeth Brown, who doesn't like dolls or skates but instead prefers to spend her time reading. She reads through childhood and college, and as an adult, she spends her money on books, books, and more books. It's a little difficult to incorporate some of the concepts into the pithy, rhyming text. For instance: "The form was for donations. / She quickly wrote this line: `I, E. Brown, gives to the town / All that was ever mine.'" The next page shows a library with her name on the sign. Did she donate the books to a library, which was then named after her, or did she actually help build the building? It's a testament to Stewart and Small's collaboration that the book works as well as it does. The story of a spinster who does nothing but read isn't the most scintillating of topics, but Elizabeth's life takes on gentle humor as she is shown reading while standing on her head or trying to vacuum and read at the same time. Small's framed pastel artwork uses wonderfully unique perspectives, showing rooms with roaring fireplaces and books piled high to the ceiling. Reading has never looked quite so delicious. --Ilene Cooper