From bestselling author Nina Laden and bestselling illustrator Renata Liwska comes an enchanting, imaginative story for fans of They All Saw a Cat.
Does a feather remember it once was a bird? Does a book remember it once was a word? A boy is swept away to a world where fantasy and reality come together in surprising and playful ways. From the cake that once was grain to the ocean that once was rain, whimsical before and after scenes offer readers a peek at the world as seen through the eyes of a curious child.
Nina Laden's poetic and cleverly woven text is perfectly paired with artist Renata Liwska's captivating illustrations.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Nina Laden is an award-winning, bestselling children's book author and illustrator. She grew up in the New York City area, the daughter of two artists, and received a BFA from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has over a dozen books in print including Peek-A Who?, The Night I Followed the Dog, When Pigasso Met Mootisse, and Roberto: The Insect Architect.
Renata Liwska has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her old schoolbooks overflowed with sketches, and the children's book illustrations she creates today are influenced by memories from her childhood. She is the illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers The Quiet Book and The Loud Book!, and she is the author and illustrator of Little Panda and The Red Wagon. Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Renata now lives in Calgary.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite Once Upon a Memory by Lina Laden starts with a couple of pages of a precious little boy and adorable critters when a feather blows through a window, taking the little boy on a fantasy journey with his curiosity having him wonder about what he sees and asking many questions. Even though there are not a lot of words in this book, the story can be clearly understood with the few words and the adorable and fantastic illustrations by Renata Liwska. Does a feather remember it was once.....a bird? Does a book remember it was once.......a word? Does a chair remember it was once....a tree? Or how about a cake remembering it was once a grain? Author Lina Laden writes the sweetest story for little ones and Ms. Liwska gives young readers the most precious pictures throughout the book that will keep them coming back for more and more of these adorable critters. I love the pastel colors and the way the little boy and the animals are created. I think they bring the book to life, clearly showing each unique personality. My 5-year-old niece dearly loves this book. She has memorized the words and makes up her own little story as she looks at each page. I love when children can use their imagination and make up their own fantasy, and this book really gives them that opportunity. This is a book that I really recommend for all parents to add to their child's library. You will not be disappointed with Once Upon a Memory.
Beautiful illustrations, thoughtful words that gently introduce the interesting concept of origins. May need a tissue near by...