Percy's Museum by Sara O'Leary, Carmen Mok

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A sweet story about embracing change, the excitement of discovery and the wonder of nature and new friends.

A young boy moves from the city to a new home in the country. He misses his friends, but at least it's summertime -- flowers are blooming, baby birds are hatching, and caterpillars are transforming into butterflies. Enraptured by the natural world, Percy climbs trees, tastes wild strawberries and tries to catch fish in the river with his bare hands.

Percy also likes to draw pictures of what he has seen that day. He collects interesting leaves and rocks, and insects in jars. Percy discovers that being alone doesn't have to be lonely, but explorers often share their findings. So, he creates a way to share his collection with others ...

Percy's Museum is a sweet story about embracing change, the excitement of discovery and the wonder of nature and new friends.

Praise for author Sara O'Leary and illustrator Qin Leng for A Family Is a Family Is a Family:

Commended Toronto Public Library's First and Best List, 2016

Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year, 2017

Commended USBBY's Outstanding International Books List, 2017

Commended CBC Best Books, 2016

Shortlisted Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2017

Commended OLA Best Bets Top Ten, 2016

"The broad diversity of family constellations is refreshing . . . A-plus fabulous." -- Kirkus, starred review

"Leng's drawings of domestic life are, like O'Leary's writing, winsome but never sentimental. Together they offer a straightforward, optimistic view of everyday modern life." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This book is highly recommended -- not just for teachers in the classroom, but parents (and grandparents) in the home." -- Montreal Gazette

"A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Cheerful watercolor illustrations capture the fun and whimsy of this whole cast and make this book a delightful, unsubtle celebration of difference and variety." -- Booklist

"Parents will find this book useful in helping young children understand the different kinds of families they might encounter, while accepting and loving their own." -- Canadian Children's Book News

Sara O'Leary is a writer of fiction for adults and children. Her highly acclaimed picture books include Night Walk, illustrated by Ellie Arscott; A Family Is a Family Is a Family, illustrated by Qin Leng; and Maud and Grand-Maud, illustrated by Kenard Pak. She has also written the award-winning series of Henry books and This Is Sadie (adapted for the stage for New York City's Children's Theater), all illustrated by Julie Morstad. Sara writes for children's animation and teaches at Concordia University in Montreal.

Carmen Mok is a studio-art graduate of the University of Waterloo and a craft and design graduate of Sheridan College. She illustrated Violet Shrink by Christine Baldacchino and Grandmother's Visit by Betty Quan, which was named an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Picture Book Honor title. It was also a finalist for the IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award and an Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honourable Mention. Carmen's other books include A Stopwatch from Grampa by Loretta Garbutt and Cone Cat by Sarah Howden. She lives in St. Catharines, Ontario

Groundwood Books/IPS 

0.4" H x 9.4" L x 8.7" W

32 pages

hardcover