Her Mother's Face by Roddy Doyle

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Award winners Roddy Doyle and Freya Blackwood team up to create a heartwarming story of loss, love, and what it means to be a family.

When Siobhan was just three years old, her mother died, leaving Siobhan and her father alone in their house in Dublin. They never talk about her, and now, at ten years old, Siobhan no longer remembers her mother's face.

One day, Siobhan meets a mysterious woman in the park who tells her that to remember her mother, she just needs to look in a mirror. As Siobhan grows older, she sees more and more of her mother's face in her own reflection. With time, she and her father and her own daughter are able to remember Siobhan's mother with joy and laughter instead of tears.

About Roddy Doyle

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Roddy Doyle is the author of five previous novels, including a Booker Prize nominee, The Van, and a Booker Prize winning international bestseller Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha. He has also written several screenplays, most recently When Brendan Met Trudy. His first children's book, The Giggler Treatment, will be published in September by Scholastic. He lives in Dublin.
Published November 1, 2008 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Arts & Photography.

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Sitting under a park tree, she confides in a compassionate, mysterious woman, who advises that to see her mother’s face, she “should look in the mirror.” The story’s compression (Siobhán grows up and has a daughter), longish text and tinge of magical realism will charm some readers and possibly c...

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There are so many beautiful touches in these pictures – the kitten showing the passing of time by appearing as a grown cat, the tiny illustrations of children and their mothers which bring such pain to Siobhán, the delightful image of Siobhán's mother and father's humorous reactions as their wedd...

Oct 24 2009 | Read Full Review of Her Mother's Face

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