The Hickory Chair by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

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"Lilacs with a whiff of bleach." Gran¹s smell. That "rich molasses voice." Gran reading stories. By these things, Luis knows his grandmother. And he knows that she loves him. But when Gran passes away and leaves notes hidden in her things for each family member to find, Luis seems to be the only one forgotten. Could it be so? The answer comes generations later, when Luis himself is a grandfather, and his faith is only proved right. Truly, this is a story that uses all the senses to convey its loving message.

About Lisa Rowe Fraustino

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Lisa Rowe Fraustinois the award-winning editor of the acclaimed anthology "Dirty Laundry: Stories About Family Secrets" and the celebrated collection "Soul Searching: Thirteen Stories About Faith and Belief". She is also the author of the ALA Notable Book "The Hickory Chair", illustrated by Benny Andrews. Lisa resides in Ashford, Connecticut, and is a professor of English and children's literature at Eastern Connecticut State University. BENNY ANDREWS was a renowned African American fine artist whose work is in the permanent collections of more than thirty major museums, including the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and the Smithsonian Institution. His dramatic, folk art-style illustrations have also appeared in several books for children.
Published January 1, 2001 by Scholastic. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Louis may be blind but that doesn’t stop him from sniffing out Gran, with her bleach-and-lilac scent, wherever she may be hiding, or playing “touch your nose” with her and a mirror, or listening to her “molasses voice” as she reads aloud, sitting in a favorite hickory chair.

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Fraustino's (Ash) affecting story introduces a boy who has been blind since birth, yet, as his beloved Gran confides, ""You got blind sight."" Louis uses his other senses to savor the presence of this loving woman, who ""had a good alive smell lilacs, with a whiff of bleach"" and ""gave salty kis...

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Louis has been blind since he was born, but as you'll find out in this lovely story, he knows better than anyone how to see with his heart.

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