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Grandmother Bryant's Pocket

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Illustrated by Petra Mathers

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1996
48 pages
ISBN: 0-395-68984-8

Ages 5 - 7

Sarah Bryant has nightmares after her little dog Patches is killed in a barn fire. Grandmother Bryant knows roots and herbs which might make bad dreams go away. But just as important to Sarah's healing are the stories, songs and patience that make a little girl feel safe and loved. A one-eyed cat, a gaggle of geese, a selfish old neighbor and the small, special things in Grandmother Bryant's pocket also play a role in Sarah's recovery from sorrow. Set in 1787, this comforting story with its down-to-earth characters is charmingly told without being sweet. Petra Mathers's watercolor illustrations are detailed and lively; perfect for this intimate 6 x 71/4" book. CCBC categories: Easy Fiction; Picture Books.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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