By Leslie Lindsay
Delightful children’s book about a little mouse who comes to stay and leaves the family with a delightful array of treasures.
~A LITTLE LITERACY|ALWAYS WITH A BOOK~
Kid Lit Monday
When a foreign exchange student comes to live with a typical suburban family, he brings with him a boundless sense of curiosity — and a stream of unexpected questions (which his hosts are never quite sure how to answer). But when the moment comes to say good-bye, a beautiful surprise awaits, and a gift the family will never forget.
Here, this darling story of a little mouse who comes to stay with a family, we are introduced to a new way of looking at the world. All of the ‘big’ things in life are underwhelming to Eric. He doesn’t care about them, but is more intrigued with the scraps–the tin foil, a gum wrapper, a bottle cap. The family finds this strange, unsettling, but decide it must be his way. Here is where the real magic happens. Could it be that the small things–the garbage–is what truly fascinate? Is it about finding the hidden value in things that appear to be insignificant?
This new stand-alone edition of one of Shaun Tan’s most beloved and inviting stories is perfect for sharing with readers of all ages who appreciate stories of wonder, exploration, and life’s everyday mysteries.
EXPAND YOUR READING EXPERIENCE:
What if you and a little person in your life read ERIC together and then went about your day with the small things in mind? Can you spot them on your daily travels? On a walk, you can look for acorn tops, rocks, (nut) shells, sticks. In parking lots, you might discover a (clean) gum wrapper, a plastic bottle top. You may have to do this over the course of a few days or week. Children will relish in collecting these pocket-sized objects, and if you’re comfortable with it, allow them to take them home, sanitize them and create something like Eric did. Talk about what you’ve found: shapes, sizes, colors, textures, more.
“Stunningly original … most illustrations in books are reactions to the text, but here the pictures inspire the stories. They are all strange and beautiful.”
~Anthony Browne, Children’s Laureate
~UPDATED, 2nd Edition of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA coming soon from WOODBINE HOUSE~
Artistic image of book cover designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow on Instagram for more like this @leslielindsay #bookstagram #alwayswithabook #CAS #SpeakingofApraxia.
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I was reminded of the Kevin Henkes book, MY GARDEN.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR:
Shaun Tan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Arrival, Tales from Outer Suburbia, Tales from the Inner City, Rules of Summer, and The Singing Bones. He received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2011 and won an Academy Award for the adaptation of his picture book The Lost Thing (from Lost & Found: Three by Shaun Tan). Shaun lives in Melbourne, Australia.
ABOUT YOUR HOST:
Leslie Lindsay is the award-winning author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012) and former Mayo Clinic child/adolescent psychiatric R.N. She is at work on a memoir. Her writing has been published in Pithead Chapel, Common Ground Review, Cleaver Magazine (craft and CNF), The Awakenings Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ruminate’s The Waking, Brave Voices Literary Magazine, Manifest-Station, and others. Her cover art was featured on Up the Staircase Quarterly in May 2020, other photography in Another Chicago Magazine (ACM) and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal; poetry in the Coffin Bell Journal, and CNF in Semicolon Literary Magazine; the 2nd edition of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA will be available this fall. Leslie has been awarded one of the top 1% reviewers on GoodReads and recognized by Jane Friedman as one of the most influential book reviewers. Since 2013, Leslie has interviewed over 700 bestselling and debut authors on her author interview series. Follow her bookstagram posts @leslielindsay1.
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~UPDATED, 2nd EDITION OF SPEAKING OF APRAXIA coming soon from WOODBINE HOUSE!~
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[Cover and author image courtesy of Scholastic and used with permission. Image of Eric arriving retrieved from Shaun Tan’s website on 10.15.20. Artistic image of book cover designed and photographed by me, Leslie Lindsay. Follow on Instagram for more like this @leslielindsay #bookstagram #alwayswithabook #CAS #SpeakingofApraxia]