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Ten Beautiful Things



by
Molly Beth Griffin
illustrated by
Maribel LeChuga

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Charlesbridge
Imprint
Charlesbridge
ISBN
9781580899369
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Lily and her grandmother search for ten beautiful things as they take a long car ride to Iowa and Lily’s new home with Gran. At first, Lily sees nothing beautiful in the April slush and cloudy sky. Soon though, Lily can see beauty in unexpected places, from the smell of spring mud to a cloud shaped like a swan to a dilapitated barn. A furious rainstorm mirrors Lily’s anxiety, but as it clears Lily discovers the tenth beautiful thing: Lily and Gran and their love for each other.

Ten Beautiful Things leaves the exact cause of Lily’s move ambiguous, making it perfect for anyone helping a child navigate change, whether it be the loss of a parent, entering or leaving a foster home, or moving.Full-color illustrations done in Photoshop and Clip Studio Paint, with added watercolor textures made in traditional mediums. 

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Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2021

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Life changes. Grandmothers. Grandparent and child. Moving households. Iowa. Loss (psychology). Automobile travel. Car trips. Perspective. 

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

We don’t know why Lily is going to live with her grandmother in rural Iowa, but we join her as she begins the long car ride there, roof and backseat piled high with suitcases and boxes. Lily has emotional scars that manifest in a forlorn expression, bellyaches, and “hollow places” inside her. Gram drives through the night and into the next day (seemingly unfazed), and charges Lily to “find ten beautiful things along the way.” Initially, Lily replies, “There’s nothing beautiful here,” but then she and Gram begin to identify things: a sunrise, a windmill farm, a red-winged blackbird, as well as the smell of mud and a “falling-apart barn.” Richly colored mixed-media illustrations offer views from multiple vantage points: we see the view from inside the car; the car from high above; Lily in Gram’s rear-view mirror. This simultaneously heartbreaking and reassuring book acknowledges the realities of grief (“None of this was easy”), the slow process of healing (“Maybe it would never be easy”), and hope (“She belonged with Gram now. She belonged here now”). JULIE HAKIM AZZAM

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

We don’t know why Lily is going to live with her grandmother in rural Iowa, but we join her as she begins the long car ride there, roof and backseat piled high with suitcases and boxes. Lily has emotional scars that manifest in a forlorn expression, bellyaches, and “hollow places” inside her. Gram drives through the night and into the next day (seemingly unfazed), and charges Lily to “find ten beautiful things along the way.” Initially, Lily replies, “There’s nothing beautiful here,” but then she and Gram begin to identify things: a sunrise, a windmill farm, a red-winged blackbird, as well as the smell of mud and a “falling-apart barn.” Richly colored mixed-media illustrations offer views from multiple vantage points: we see the view from inside the car; the car from high above; Lily in Gram’s rear-view mirror. This simultaneously heartbreaking and reassuring book acknowledges the realities of grief (“None of this was easy”), the slow process of healing (“Maybe it would never be easy”), and hope (“She belonged with Gram now. She belonged here now”). JULIE HAKIM AZZAM

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