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A classic Katie Morag story with a fresh new look in a gorgeous large format
Mairi Hedderwick was born in Gourock, Scotland. At seventeen she took a job as a mother's help on the Isle of Coll in the Hebrides, beginning a life-long love affair with islands and their small communities. Her children were brought up there and now some of her grandchildren. Mairi's island world is delightfully reflected in the imaginary island of Struay where Katie Morag and her family live. As well as creating children's books Mairi writes and illustrates travel books for adults. She spends a lot of time visiting schools and is always accompanied by Katie Morag's teddy, which travels with her in a black bag.
PreS-Gr 2 Hedderwick handles expertly the arrival of a new baby in the family in this third book about Katie Morag. Katie can not and will not get over the bad mood that she's been in ever since the new baby arrived. In a moment of extreme anger, she tosses her beloved Teddy bear into the choppy waves of a stormy sea. The storm battering the island echoes Katie's bad mood. When Katie's mood does not lift, her mother sends Katie to visit Grannie Island for a few days. Two days later, when the sky begins to clear, so does Katie's mood. Badly battered Ted washes ashore to be discovered by Katie, who dries and mends him. A supportive family allows time for Katie to resolve her feelings about the new baby and her new role in the family. Watercolor illustrations capture with warmth and detail the wonderfully cluttered household of Katie's family, especially in the spread in which Katie returns home and finds her mother nursing the baby. The use of gray and purple to color the approaching storm contrasts with the clear blue skies after the storm. Story and illustrations are carefully blended. This book compares favorably with Keats' Peter's Chair (Harper, 1967) for presenting a strong story about sibling rivalry from a child's perspective. Susan Nemeth McCarthy, Arlington County Public Library, Va.
"Hedderwick's observations are a delight for children and adults alike" * Shelf Life *