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The Goblin and the Empty Chairby Mem Fox
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In a time long past, in a land far away, a family has suffered an unspeakable loss. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; But a lonely goblin has been watching. And he knows what to do to help them heal. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; From internationally acclaimed picture book masters Mem Fox and Leo and Diane Dillon, here is a rich and moving original fairy tale about family, friendship, and the power compassion has to unite us all.
"A green, sharp-clawed goblin who has exiled himself from society reveals his warm heart when he stumbles upon a farmer whose grief has overcome his will to work. The goblin waits for night, then pitches in: 'He dug where digging was needed. He chopped where chopping was needed.' Sturdy ink and watercolor drawings by the Caldecott Medalists recall pages in a medieval book of hours, a thin panel along the top showing a sequence of actions, while the main panel captures a single instant. The goblin cares tenderly for the farmer's wife and child, too, trying unsuccessfully to serve without being discovered. Gathered at their table, the family sits 'staring at the chair that had been empty all winter,' then sets food there for the goblin, who watches fearfully from outside. Readers will understand that the family is bereaved, and that just as the goblin provided each family member with what they needed, they are doing the same for him. Acceptance and healing are less common picture book themes; Fox (Time for Bed) handles them with particular grace. Ages 5 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When a family suffers an unspeakable loss, a goblin, who has been hiding away for years, comes out during the night to help them--secretly. Full color.
About the Author
Mem Fox is an educator and international literacy expert, and her many acclaimed picture books for young children include andlt;iandgt;Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!andlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;Hello Baby!andlt;/iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;Baby Bedtimeandlt;/iandgt;; the bestselling modern classics andlt;iandgt;Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toesandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Time for Bedandlt;/iandgt;; and, for adults, andlt;iandgt;Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Foreverandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.net.andlt;bandgt;Leo and Diane Dillonandlt;/bandgt; are an award winning illustrator pair that have collaborated of book projects for more than fifty years, winning two consecutive Caldecott Medals for andlt;iandgt;Why Mosquitoes Buzz In People's Earsandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Ashanti To Zulu: African Traditionsandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp;They have also received five andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; Best Illustrated Books Awards,andnbsp;five Coretta Scott King Honors and one Coretta Scott King Awardandnbsp;and many other awards and distinctions.andnbsp;They live and work in Brooklyn, New York.
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