Stephen Hume is the author of Midnight on the Farm. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Jessica Bartram works in watercolour and gouache. Charles is her first picture book. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
A young girl finds a lost baby crow and brings him home to recover and grow stronger. She names him Charles after the sounds that he makes when they are together. Throughout the beautiful summer days they share breakfasts of cooked cereal or eggs every morning before heading out to see the world outside. And they especially enjoy when it is time to pick the fresh, sweet strawberries from the garden - with a few sweet bites to share before heading home again. And then one day Charles starts to take flight to the tree at the edge of the property. The girl and her family know that it will only be a matter of time before Charles goes back to his true home amongst the trees and birds in the forest. But memories of their summer friendship -- and especially of those sweet delicious strawberries -- will remain. An utterly charming and beautifully illustrated picture book entertainment for children ages 8 to 12, Charles by the team of author S. E. Hume and illustrator Jessica Bromley Bartram is an especially commended addition to family, elementary school, an community library picture book collections.-- (04/01/2018)