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To Be Autographed

This House, Once - To Be Autographed 7/22
Freedman, Deborah

"Tender, comforting, and complex." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Drawn with exquisite precision and quiet dashes of humor." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A lovely, ruminative selection." --School Library Journal (starred review)
"A blueprint for mindfulness and gratitude for the homes in which" --The New York Times Book Review

Deborah Freedman's masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.
Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree--
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.
What was your home, once?
This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.

Item No. 9781481442848
Blue Chicken - To Be Autographed 7/22
Deborah Freedman

In this deceptively simple picture book, author-illustrator Deborah Freedman has created an irresistible character that springs to life and wreaks havoc in a farmyard with a pot of blue paint. The innocent chicken just wants to help, but things get worse and worse-and bluer and bluer--the more she tries. Playing with colors and perspective, and using minimal text, this richly layered story reveals new things to see and laugh about with each reading.

Item No. 9780670012930
By Mouse & Frog - To Be Autographed 7/22
Freedman, Deborah

A spritely read-aloud about the challenges and joys of collaboration
Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse's story with some wild ideas?Chaos!...followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all.
In her best book yet, the visionary creator of"Blue Chicken"and"The Story of Fish and Snail"has crafted another subtle, clever book-about-books that's also a delightfully entertaining story featuring adorable characters who will win readers' hearts."

Item No. 9780670784905
Shy - To Be Autographed 7/22
Freedman, Deborah

A dazzlingly beautiful new book about shyness from the author of Blue Chicken, The Story of Fish and Snail, and By Mouse and Frog!
Shy loves birds. He'd love to watch them fly and hear them sing, but he's only ever read about them in books. . .until a real bird comes along. He's dying to meet her, but there's just one problem: Shy is, well, shy--so shy, in fact, that he's afraid to leave the gutter of the book. Can Shy overcome his fears and venture out onto the page?
This sweetly relatable picture book from the acclaimed Deborah Freedman speaks to every child who's ever felt like hiding instead of facing the daunting world.

Item No. 9780451474964
Story of Fish & Snail - To Be Autographed 7/22
Deborah Freedman

Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story.

Today, Fish's story (about pirates!) is too grand to simply be told: Fish wants to show Snail. But that would mean leaving the familiar world of their book—a scary prospect for Snail, who would rather stay safely at home and pretend to be kittens. Fish scoffs that cats are boring; Snail snaps back. Is this book too small for the two feuding friends? Could this be THE END of The Story of Fish and Snail?

Deborah Freedman, author of Blue Chicken, has created a sweet and playful story about friendship that truly jumps off the page.

Item No. 9780670784899
Symphony of Cowbells - To Be Autographed 7/23
Preusser, Heather

Petra just loves spring in Gimmelwald. Each season she and her family lead their prize dairy cows into the pastures to graze and each cow wears her own jingling, jangling, clanging bell. What a symphony! But when Petra's favorite cow, Effie, loses her bell the whole herd is out of harmony and refuses to move. Will Petra be able to find Effie's bell before it's too late? With charming illustrations, this whimsical story is sure to delight children and adults alike.

Item No. 9781585369683