The Year I Didn't Go to School by Giselle Potter

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These are the best things that happened to me the year I didn't go to school:

Traveled around Italy with my family's theatre troupe.

Performed in a theatre outside. (I was a monkey, a panda, and a lion!)

Ate spaghetti with fried egg on top.

Slept in a truck.

Wove cowboy boots.

Ciao! (I spoke Italian.)

Kept a journal to remember everything that happened.


About Giselle Potter

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Author front row, center. Giselle Potter is the illustrator of more than ten books for children, but this is the first that she's both written and illustrated. It also just happens to be true. Her other titles include The Brave Little Seamstress and Kate and the Beanstalk, both by Mary Pope Osborne, The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia C. McKissack, and Gabriella's Song by Candace Fleming. The little girl who traveled the world now lives in Rosendale, New York.
Published September 1, 2002 by Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Children's Books.

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Her memories are both vivid—“Tiny cars filled with big families zoomed every which way, big men drank coffee from tiny cups, and the air was full of new smells”—and episodic—buying fruit wrapped in pretty papers at a market, lining up shoes on the dashboard before going to sleep in the back of a ...

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The captivating account makes the exotic setting come alive (e.g., "We ate little pizzas with thin crusts until our bellies puffed up, and watched people dancing under the sparkly lights"), as does the fittingly quirky mixed-media artwork.

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