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Thereby Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Nominated for the 2010 Irish Bisto Book of the Year Award, There is a magical and charming allegory about growing up. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick's gorgeous and vibrant illustrations make There an especially wonderful and remarkable find. Recommended for readers between the age of four and eight, and for the young at heart.
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When will I get There? How will I know?
A little girl ponders what the future holds, steadfast in her determination to find out for herself. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick's gorgeous landscapes and the briefest of text speak to the power of imagination. Readers of all ages will find reassurance in this simple, beautiful book of ruminations about a lifelong journey toward tomorrow.
"In Fitzpatrick's (I Am I) allegorical tale, a young traveler with tousled hair questions what it means to grow up. Carrying a large satchel, the eager girl strides down a sidewalk as she asks, 'When will I get There?' Her innocent questions take her over hills, through daisy fields and up into rainy skies. The full-page, softly rendered landscapes dwarf the inquisitive narrator, who wants to know, 'Will I wear sensible shoes and say sensible things? Will I never say anything silly again?... Will I know all the secrets?' In a clever spread, she wonders about finding her way through a 'jungle,' as the facing illustration shows her amid shadowy apartment buildings where wild animals lurk and a stocking on a clothesline is really a snake. Older readers will take heart in her hopefulness and determination to 'still build snowmen and sandcastles. Definitely.' In the end, she decides she won't go There today because 'I've got lots to do.' Readers of all ages will appreciate this layered tale and feel the poignancy of her decision to cease her questioning and live in the moment. Ages 4 — 7." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
MARY-LOUISE FITZPATRICK is the author and illustrator of many award-winning books for children. She lives in Dublin, Ireland.
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