Wednesday, January 3, 2024

The Little Books of the Little Brontes by Sara O'Leary, Briony May Smith

ISBN: 9780735263703
Tundra Books

About the book:
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 Bronte  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 Bront s 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 Bront s' lives and a fun craft with instructions on creating your own little book.

My thoughts: Absolutely charming! I love the story telling itself and it is beautifully written. Intelligent, understandable, captivating. The store gives children a sweet glimpse into the lives of this wonderful family that went on to produce beloved authors, and is an exceptional contribution to biographic picture books.

Beautifully illustrated, the drabness of the moors is captured yet overcome with the winsome and charm of those who lived at moor's edge.

I highly recommend this for homes. school and public libraries, as well as classroom libraries. A grand little book.

I "won" a copy on the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.

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