Format: Paperback ARC
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5
What did you like about the book? Lorraine lives on a Tennessee farm with her Pa Paw. Lorraine and Pa Paw make music together in the evenings, singing and playing the harmonica and tin whistle. One morning they even have a crow dancing to their music. Suddenly all the shiny items around the farm disappear – the dinner bell, Pa Paw’s keys and a tin scoop. Deciding to “make music” during a terrible storm, they discover that the harmonica and tin whistle have vanished as well. Not discouraged, Pa Paw reminds Lorraine “But who NEEDS a whistle or some SHINY thing when you’ve got a voice and a song you can sing!” “Oh, they sang and they shouted ‘til the first light of day. And their song chased that storm and their worries away.” Discovering that the Chinkypin tree in the front yard had fallen, they discover all of their lost shiny things! Acrylic Oil illustrations bring this story of courage and optimism to life.
Anything you did not like about the book? Not a thing.
To whom would you recommend this book? If you need a story about not letting bad things bring you down, of being optimistic in the face of calamity, they this is the story to read.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not the top, but near just for the exuberance of the rhyming text and beautiful illustrations.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 7/3/2018