Sunday, February 3, 2013
Lavender by Karen Hesse
There are three reasons why I selected this book to purchase for my library on a recent visit to a wonderful Sydney bookshop called Gleebooks. Firstly I know Karen Hesse is an outstanding writer so I knew I would be in the safe hands of a master storyteller. Secondly this book only has 38 pages and I am always on the look out for short books that contain terrific stories so that readers who lack reading stamina can be rewarded quickly for their efforts. Thirdly this book has a gentle cover which shows a young girl making a quilt. She is clearly taking her time to produce something very precious.
Everything I thought about this book before reading came true. Lavender is an emotional and uplifting story about love in one family and the joy of a new arrival. Codie loves her aunt Alix and she is so excited that after many disappointments a new baby will soon be born. Codie has decided to make a special gift for the baby a patchwork blanket.
"I have a secret. I am making my cousin a blanket all by myself. It's a surprise."
If you enjoy Lavender you might also read The Hundred Dresses and The Chalk Box kid.