What You Know First

What You Know First


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The stunning picture book collaboration between Newbery Medal–winning author Patricia MacLachlan and acclaimed illustrator Barry Moser.

A young girl comes to terms with the fact that she and her family are leaving the prairie. As she talks herself into acceptance, her Mama helps her let go, commenting that the baby will need someone to tell him where he came from. So the girl gathers mementos—a bag of earth and a piece of cottonwood tree.

“As with Sarah, Plain and Tall, the subtext vibrates. So much is told in each perfectly chosen phrase. The story is deep and specific, but the pain and denial of a child leaving a known and loved place is all too universal. Moser’s finely-wrought engravings, enhanced by moody tints, record the departure.”—School Library Journal


1995 American Bookseller Association Pick of the Lists

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064434928
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/14/1998
Series: Trophy Picture Bks.
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 591,207
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many timeless novels for young readers, including Newbery Medal winner Sarah, Plain and Tall; Word After Word After Word; Kindred Souls; The Truth of Me; The Poet’s Dog; and My Father’s Words. She is also the author of countless beloved picture books, a number of which she cowrote with her daughter, Emily. She lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.

Barry Moser is the prizewinning illustrator and designer of more than three hundred books for children and adults. He is widely celebrated for his dramatic wood engravings for the only twentieth-century edition of the entire King James Bible illustrated by a single artist. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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What You Know First 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
arinehalinfield.edu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
vivid imagery. great transition book
fvalle89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Professor did a read-aloud in class for us to demonstrate writer's craft in personal narratives/memoirs. Some mentioned were imagery and repetition. Could use as example of memoirs in class.