Monday, September 12, 2022

Dear Wild Child: You Carry Your Home Inside You by Wallace J. Nicols & Wallace Grayce Nichols, illustrated by Drew Beckmeyer [Giveaway]

"The art echoes the text’s emphasis on beauty rather than loss. . .In the event’s aftermath, the affecting story’s tone remains openhearted, concluding with sentiments that encourage resilience and reflect on the nature of home." Publishers Weekly

"It’s a touching sentiment that reminds readers of all ages that our lives are defined not by our material possessions but by the memories we make... Intricate and emotional." --Kirkus Reviews

In the shade of ancient redwood trees, by a creek, not far from the ocean, a father builds a house for his newborn daughter, where she grows up wild and strong in their coastal canyon home. When a wildfire takes back their beloved house, a father writes his now-grown daughter a letter telling her it’s gone. Inspired by the real letter the author wrote his daughter, this poignant story—written together by father and daughter—joyfully declares that a home is more than just wood and stone; it is made of love and can never be taken away. You carry home with you wherever you go.

About the Author & Illustrator: Wallace Grayce Nichols is a student of sustainable design, problem solver, and water lover. Her father, 
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, is a marine biologist and the author of the bestselling book Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. Home is the slow cast of California. Website | Twitter | FacebookInstagram

Drew Beckmeyer is a fine artist, illustrator, and elementary school teacher. He lives in Northern California. Website | Instagram

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  1. Beautiful story, I think I will enjoy this book more than my grandson. Micheline B

  2. Wow - this sounds very touching!

  3. this is one of those books that make you think about your personal live

  4. DEAR WILD CHILD would be a wonderful book to have for my family or niece or nephew. twinkle at optonline dot net

  5. such lovely artwork


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