Mia's Story by Michael Foreman
A Sketchbook of Hopes & Dreams

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From award-winning picture book artist Michael Foreman comes the uplifting tale of a girl whose search for a lost puppy leads to some wondrous wildflowers — and a magical way to transform her barren village.

In a bleak little village in Chile, Papa comes home from his day of selling metal scraps with a wonderful surprise for his daughter, Mia. It's a puppy she names Poco, who follows the little girl everywhere — until one day, as puppies will do, Poco wanders away. As Mia searches for her pup, she finds herself all alone at the top of the highest mountain, where she gathers a clump of snow-white flowers to plant by her home. Soon Mia's fragrant flowers have spread through the village and blanketed the once-ugly dump. Before long, she is selling her flowers in the city square, telling crowds of customers that "they come from the stars." But wherever the flowers are, Mia is always reminded of Poco. Is it possible the flowers may bring back her beloved dog after all?

About Michael Foreman

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MICHAEL FOREMAN has won the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Kurt Maschler Award, and the Bologna Graphics Prize. Of MIA'S STORY: A SKETCHBOOK OF HOPES AND DREAMS, he says, "I was traveling from Santiago, Chile, into the Andes and came upon what seemed to be a wasteland, a landscape of trash from the city. But a man who lived there, Manuel, showed me that it was the opposite of a wasteland. For Manuel and his fellow villagers, the trash was a crop to be harvested, recycled, and made useful once more. This book is dedicated to their spirit and inspiration." Michael Foreman lives in London.
Published June 5, 2006 by Walker Books Ltd. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Mixing small, intimate drawings captioned in pencil with larger-scale landscape watercolors, Foreman crafts a sketchy, touching original tale inspired by a family he met in a Chilean waste dump.

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Mia's life lights up when her father brings home a puppy she names Poco, then dims when Poco disappears.

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Summary: An inspirational story about a young girl living between the city and the Andes mountains and how her resourcefulness might bring hope for her family.

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I've stepped out of the "garden," of what I have always known, into a world where more knowledge and experience will be gained.I need to work on my book, but so much nicer right now to put my thoughts here.Tags: chile, hungry, la casa roja, teaching in foreign countries, vina del mar.

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