What You Know First by Patricia MacLachlan

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Mama and Papa say it's time to leave the prairie, to start over somewhere new. But what about all that will be left behind? Things as familiar as a heartbeat -- an ocean of grass, an endless sky, a cottonwood tree. How do you remember those things that can't be packed up and taken away with you? Maybe it's true what Papa says. Maybe you'll remember because the place you know first stays with you forever, no matter where you may go.

1995 "Pick of the Lists" (ABA)
 

About Patricia MacLachlan

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Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal. Her novels for young readers include Arthur, For the Very First Time; The Facts and Fictions of Minna Pratt; Skylark; Caleb’s Story; More Perfect than the Moon; Grandfather’s Dance; and Word After Word After Word. She is also the author of many much-loved picture books, including Three Names; All the Places to Love; What You Know First; Painting the Wind; Bittle; Who Loves Me?; Once I Ate a Pie; I Didn't Do It; and Before You Came, several of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives with her husband and two border terriers in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. Barry Moser has won numerous accolades for his work, including the prestigious National Book Award for Design and Illustration and the "Boston Globe-Horn Book" Award. He is both an author and an artist, whose illustrations can be seen in books ranging from "Voices of Ancient Egypt" by Kay Winters to "Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems" by Kristine O'Connell George. Barry Moser's work is represented in collections throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, and the Library of Congress. He lives in western Massachusetts.
 
Published August 18, 1995 by HarperColl. 32 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Fiction

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 A superb writer presents the themes of leave-taking and memory that recur frequently in her novels, beautifully distilled into a picture book.

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Newbery Medalist MacLachlan's minimal, deeply resonant text centers on a girl whose parents have sold their farm on the prairie-clearly not by choice. As she anticipates all that she will miss and dev

Oct 02 1995 | Read Full Review of What You Know First

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