Once Upon a Memory (Hardcover)
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I was drawn to this book the day it arrived because I am a
huge fan of Renata Liwska’s (Quiet Book, Loud book) illustrations. The text of
this book weaves in nicely with the familiar characters and charming details of
the illustrations. This is definitely a picture book that I recommend to adults
as well as their children. It’s also one that works well with older kids
despite the simplicity of the words themselves, the concepts mentioned in the
text, of memory and transformation, can lead to wonderful conversations. As
with all of Liwska’s illustrations, you will notice new and poignant details
every time you read the book. A great book to linger over.
"Does a feather remember it once was a bird?"
"Does a book remember it once was a word?"
When a feather drifts through a child's window, a magical journey begins. As the boy follows the feather, he is swept away to a world filled with adorable animals, where fantasy and reality come together in surprising and playful ways. From the cake that once was grain to the ocean that once was rain, whimsical "before" and "after" scenes offer readers a peek at the world as seen through the eyes of a curious child, ultimately asking the question, "What will you remember?"
Nina Laden's poetic and cleverly woven text is perfectly paired with bestselling artist Renata Liwska's captivating illustrations. Together they create a story that will keep readers enchanted long after the journey has ended.
About the Author
Nina Laden is an award-winning, bestselling children's book author and illustrator who lives in Seattle and on Lummi Island, WA, but mostly she lives in her imagination. She grew up in the New York City area, the daughter of two artists, and received a BFA from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has over a dozen books in print including "The Night I Followed the Dog," " When Pigasso Met Mootisse," and "Roberto: The Insect Architect." Her website is www.ninaladen.com.
Renata Liwska has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her old schoolbooks overflowed with sketches, and the children's book illustrations she creates today are influenced by memories from her childhood. She is the illustrator of the "New York Times "best sellers, "The Quiet Book" and "The Loud Book!," and is the author and illustrator of "Little Panda" and "The Red Wagon." Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Renata now lives in Calgary with her husband, Mike. Her website is www.renataliwska.com.
Praise for Once Upon a Memory:A Bank Street College Children's Book Committee Best Book of 2014 Selection
* "A rhythmic poem explores origins, both physical and abstract...Animal characters are tender and genuine. These musings on memory and change are thought-provoking, yet the piece also works as a lullaby. Reflective and peaceful."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[A] gentle, dreamy picture book...A lyrical series of questions that play with the concept of memory and origins...[are] grounded by Liwska's pencil and mixed-media drawings."—School Library Journal