The Little Books of the Little Brontës

By Sara O'Leary
Illustrators Illustrated by Briony May Smith Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher Penguin Random House Canada Imprint Tundra Books ISBN


The Little Books of the Little Brontës

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The inspiring true tale of young siblings who loved to make stories — and grew up to be among English literature’s finest writers. A picture book for fans of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein.

Many years ago, the four motherless children of the Brontë family — Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne — lived in a windswept house by the moors with their father. Although their lives were often filled with sadness and their world was only as large as the distance they could walk, their INNER worlds were bound only by their imaginations. Hungry for stories, these children devoured novels and poetry, history and fables. And with the gift of a group of toy soldiers, they were inspired to make their own stories, and their own tiny books . . . a passion that would last them a lifetime.

A moving and atmospheric story about the power of imagination, the joy of storytelling and the love of books, The Little Books of the Little Brontës will enchant both those who love these literary sisters and those who are learning about them for the first time. Includes an author’s note, timeline of the Brontës’ lives and a fun craft with instructions on creating your own little book.

”How to Make Your Own Little Book,” with photograph of some of the Brontës’ little books. Author’s note, with portrait of the Brontë sisters painted by Branwell. Time line. Sources. Full-color mixed-media illustrations.
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Gr 2-5-Lively text and illustrations introduce the Brontë family, who lived "many years before you were born" in a house "at the edge of the wild moors." A double-page illustration contrasts the lonely landscape with the book-filled interior where Charlotte reads aloud a book she has made for Anne, her youngest sister. The rest of the family is first glimpsed at the dinner table, where empty chairs mark the recent loss of their mother and two oldest sisters. A "world unto themselves," the four children explore the moors, read voraciously, and write their own stories to share and enact among themselves. When their father gives them toys, a box of wooden soldiers piques their imagination. They craft tiny books for the soldiers in writing so small that none of the adults in the house can read it. "The books they write are tiny, but the worlds inside them are huge." Mixed media illustrations add period detail and enliven the narrative; books and pets may be glimpsed on almost every page. Excellent appendices include an author's note, time line, and instructions for making a book, as well as a photo showing some of the books made by the Brontë children. This work is excellent for small group sharing, especially for fans of longer picture books like Sophie Blackall's Farmhouse or Melissa Sweet's picture book biographies. VERDICT Exquisitely crafted text and illustrations convey an emotionally resonant tale of resilient family bonds and the lasting joy of stories.-Marilyn Taniguchiα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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