Anna's Corn by Barbara Santucci

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The music of the corn is beautiful to Anna, just like Grandpa's raspy, crackling voice. When winter comes, though, Grandpa dies. Anna hangs onto the dried kernels of corn Grandpa had given her, but she wonders if she will ever hear the corn's music again. Then she remembers her promise to Grandpa . . .

Anna's Corn portrays the love between a grandparent and grandchild and gently looks at loss and grief and the hope of new life. Barbara Santucci's simple story reassures young readers that memories can help heal our sadness, while Lloyd Bloom's poignant images capture the changing seasons of nature and life.


About Barbara Santucci

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Barbara Santucci is a freelance author and artist who teaches creative writing and art workshops for children and adults. She has written three picture books. Her first picture book, Loon Summer (Eerdmans), dealt with a childs adjustment to her parents separation and was praised for its depiction of unwavering parental love (Associated Press). Barbara lives with her family in Rockford, Illinois. Bloom is an award-winning illustrator. He lives with his family.
Published July 1, 2002 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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They’ll just be different.” Anna finally summons up the courage to plant the seeds and listens to her own “corn music.” She also takes a few kernels from the new stalks to plant the next year—a nice moment to suggest the cycle of life.

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light browns and grays (used for the soil, Anna's clothing, parts of the sky, etc.) dominate the illustration, while a patch of green in the distance reinforces the springtime setting, with its promise of renewal, as well as the rebirth of Anna's hopes.

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