The Naming of Tishkin Silk by Glenda Millard

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Griffin Silk is an uncommon boy, from an uncommon sort of family—but lately Griffin isn’t so sure that’s a good thing. If he were an ordinary boy, he wouldn’t have to worry about the secret in his heart and maybe he would understand why his mother and baby sister have gone away. When Griffin starts school and meets the spirited Princess Layla, a once-in-lifetime friend who can heal souls, the answers to his questions gently start to unfold. And just like the mythical beast whose name he bears, Griffin discovers that he has uncommon courage and the heart of a lion.

Sweet black-and-white illustrations enrich this heartwarming story about love, loss, friendship, and the importance of family.

About Glenda Millard

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GLENDA MILLARD has published many books for young readers in Australia, including her award-winning novels about the Silk family. The Naming of Tishkin Silk was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and was an honor book in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards. She lives in Victoria, Australia. PATRICE BARTON received her B.F.A. in studio art from the University of Texas. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Published January 1, 2003 by ABC Books. 112 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Griffin Silk’s mother and baby sister have gone away, and Griffin is haunted by their absence, for which he feels responsible.

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To introduce a flower-bedecked Layla, Millard writes, “A person who believed in the magic of daisies, a person skilled in the art of crown making, was likely to be an uncommon kind of person.” Griffin—himself named for the mythical part-lion, part-eagle—says of “Tishkin,” the name of his lost sis...

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