Special Deliveries by Alexandra Day

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Taffy gets the job of delivering the mail in her valley, and her whole family lends a handfrom her two daughters to all fourteen of their animals. But when they discover that some of their neighbors never get any letters, they decide to create their own special deliveries.

Starring the family from The Christmas We Moved to the Barn, this warm and wonderful story captures the joy of receiving a letter and delivers it straight to the reader's heart.

 

About Alexandra Day

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Alexandra Day is the pen name for Sandra Louise Woodward Darling, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1941. She received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Swarthmore College. After college, she worked for the 92nd Street Y.M.H.A. in New York City and took classes at The Art Students' League. She and her husband owned The Green Tiger Press for over 10 years. She illustrated her first book, The Teddy Bear's Picnic, in 1982. It won an award from the children's jury at the Bologna Book Fair and was selected by the Children's Book Council as one of their choices for 1984. Her other works include When You Wish Upon a Star; Frank and Ernest; Frank and Ernest Play Ball; Frank and Ernest On The Road; Good Dog, Carl; Carl Goes Shopping; Carl's Christmas; Carl's Afternoon in the Park; and Paddy's Payday. Cooper Edens was born in 1945 in Washington State. He was raised in Washington state on the shore of Lake Washington. Cooper Edens once said "A huge highway separated me from prospective playmates who might otherwise have come to visit. Consequently, I spent many hours alone by the lake, daydreaming. I would imagine the island in the lake to be a pirate ship, or another world altogether. In fourth grade, when my attendance in school became more regular, I was put in charge of the bulletin board, changing it for each holiday and season. It could be said in relation to my work today that I am still doing the bulletin board! "My confidence grew out of these coloring book and bulletin board escapades. I considered myself master of color. In junior high school, I was regarded the 'art guy,' who was always hanging out in the art room. As time went on Cooper Edens attended the University of Washington and graduated with a B.A. in 1970. He soon started writing and illustrating his many unique picture books. Some were collaborations with other illustrators, such as Sandra Darling, who under the pen name Alexandra Day, has worked with Edens on books such as Darby, the Special-Order Pup, The Christmas We Moved to the Barn, and Special Deliveries, all which feature Day's watercolor illustrations. In Darby, the Special-Order Pup the chewing habit that results in the ouster of a young English bull terrier from the Bell family home ultimately saves the day in a "sparse but effective text" that Booklist contributor Ellen Mandel praised for its surprise ending. In more recent years Edens has devoted much of his time to creating a series of volumes celebrating the history of children's book illustration. In these books, Edens reprints one version of a classic children's story, such as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Pinocchio, or Beauty and the Beast, together with illustrations from a number of artists who have adapted the tales since the nineteenth century. In The Three Princesses: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Edens presents three traditional tales about princesses, each accompanied by splendid colored artwork.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by HarperCollins Children's Books. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Subsequent abrupt shifts in narration begin to call attention to themselves, and as a result, the arc of the story feels uneven, as if the whole exercise is an elaborate set-up for Darby's heroic feat.

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Taffy MacDonald heads a family of 17—two daughters plus a pony, pig, dogs, cats and other assorted creatures, all of them sharing quarters in a barn (the picture of everyone sitting down to eat at a very long table is quintessential Day in its blend of realism and whimsy).

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