The Shine Man by Mary Quattlebaum
A Christmas Story

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As Rainie and her dad spend time at the cottage, Rainie is painfully aware of her mom's absence this year. An authentic, hopeful story of a child adjusting to the changes in her own family.
 

About Mary Quattlebaum

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Mary Quattlebaum has written numerous novels for children, including "Jackson Jones and Mission Greentop, Jackson Jones and The Puddle of Thorns, "as well as the picture book "Winter Friends," She lives in Washington, D.C. Timothy Ladwig is an illustrator whose recent books include Saying Grace, Jubilee, and Tonight You are My Baby. He lives in Wichita, Kansas, with his wife, Leah, and three children.
 
Published August 1, 2001 by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She spots cousin Hank sitting on a piece of driftwood in a moment of sad reverie and knowingly observes that the boy's long-absent father is "a voice on the phone now./ He's a voice once a week/ saying, 'How's the big guy?' " Shine's (Loon Summer ) illustrations, watercolors with paper collage, ...

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In the first of several Depression-era tales, a penniless shoeshine man fashions an angel doll, a ""spoolie,"" out of spools, yarn and cloth.

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