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Title:
The library
ISBN:
9780374343880

9781845074944

9781845076078
Edition:
First edition.
Publication:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, [1995]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
General Note:
David Small was born in Detroit Michigan. Small taught art on the college level for many years, ran a film series, and made satirical sketches for campus newspapers. Small earned a 1997 Caldecott Honor and The Christopher Medal for The gardener. He received a second Caldecott Honor in 2013 for illustrating Toni Buzzeo's One cool friend. In 2014 he was announced as a finalist for the 2015 NSK Neustadt Prize for children's literature. (Wikipedia, February 28, 2017).
Summary:
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.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades K-4 3.3 0.5 Quiz 27493 English fiction.
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Summary

Summary

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.

The Library is a 1995 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year.


Author Notes

Husband and wife duo Sarah Stewart and David Small have worked together on several picture books, including The Gardener , a Caldecott Honor book available from Square Fish. Small has also illustrated other books, including the 2001 Caldecott Medal winner So You Want to Be President? , by Judith St. George. Stewart and Small live in a historic home on a bend of the St. Joseph River 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