My Life with the Wave by Catherine Cowan

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In a story based on the tale by Nobel Prize laureate Octavio Paz, a child befriends a wave at the seashore and brings her home.

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In her Own Words... "Igrew up in a valley four miles from Jollyville, Texas (outside of Austin), where I attended first grade in a threeroom school. Friends and playmates, other than my brother and sister, were rare. Since we didn't have television, I entertained myself. Any movie, comic book, or old "Nalional Geographic"" fed my imagination with stories. "Books were time-travel machines carrying me around the world and into other lives. I took what I read, then changed it, adding different characters to make the stories my own. I played these out with homemade paper dolls. At the end of the day, my characters were swept into a box and hidden away so that no one would find them and laugh at me. "The only hint that I might one day write came while I lay sick, whining over my inability to do the things I dreamed of. My mother suggested I could write. Then I could do whatever I wanted without ever leaving my bed. That was not what I had in mind. I wanted to have the kind of wild adventures that another sickly child, Robert Louis Stevenson, wrote about. "Among my favorite books were "Bambi, The Jungle Book, and The Wind in the Willows"--all with friendly animals. Living in the country, I heard foxes and raccoons kill our chickens. Even gathering eggs could be frightening. Chicken snakes, swollen with swallowed eggs, often lay coiled in dark nests. I decided to tame the wild world and bring it inside to live. I tried rabbits, snakes, hawks, and a fox, but discovered that wild things do best in the wild, just as waves are best left in the ocean. "When other children ran outside to play, I hung around listening to the grown-ups. One day, my grandfather offered to tell me about when he and his brother went to the Klondike, or the time they drove cattle from Texas to the Dakotas. I was thrilled. Until my grandmother said, "That child doesn't want to hear your old tales." Later, when traveling, I found myself searching for his lost stories. "What I wanted to do with my life changed depending upon the day, the month, and year. I planned to run a museum, raise angora goats, be a composer, play the violin, dig for lost civilizations, work in a zoo, sail around the world, save the planet from humanity, explore the Amazon basin, collect unknown orchid species, be a photographer, and drive from Alaska to the tip of South America. "It wasn't until after I had graduated from college that I began to write. Then, needing to earn a living, I became an accountant. That didn't last. Encouraged by my husband, Carl, I escaped and returned to writing. "As a child, I liked pretending I was grown. But now that I'm grown, I like nothing better than pretending I'm a child again. Best-selling artist Mark Buehner has received critical acclaim for his illustration of Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, My Life with the Wave, and My Monster Mama Loves Me So. He lives with his wife, Caralyn, and their six children in Salt Lake City, UT. Octavio Paz was born in 1914 and died in 1998. The author of eighteen books, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990.
Published July 1, 1997 by HarperCollins. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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At home, the wave rushes into the house, knocking over furniture, sending the cat screeching, and providing destructive merriment in the boy's room.

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But nature takes its course as the wave's moods turn out to be as ""changeable as the tide."" Her wild and unpredictable behavior spells the end of the wave's landlocked days, and as soon as winter weather freezes her solid, ""a beautiful statue of ice,"" the distressed family returns her to the ...

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