If You Didn't Have Me

Ulf Nilsson, Author, Eva Eriksson, Author, George Blecher, Translator Margaret K. McElderry Books $16 (128p) ISBN 978-0-689-50406-8
A young boy tells about the months he and his baby brother spend on the farm, under their kindly grandmother's care, while Mama and Papa build a house in town. Sights, sounds and smells (""He smelled a little funny, like the insides of old gloves'') are evoked with charm and immediacy. Everyday events, from feeding chickens to resting under a tree, are shown to have potentially vast significance to a small boy with imagination and minimal adult interference. Told in short, episodic chapters, this child's-eye view of rural life in Sweden will make a dandy read-aloud. Ages 6-8. (March)
Reviewed on: 03/01/1987
Release date: 03/01/1987
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