It’s been a sad beginning to Children’s Book Week with the death this morning of Maurice Sendak. And we also just learnt that Palmer Brown, whose children’s books we’ve been bringing back into print over the past year and with more coming, died as well in late April. Despite the sad tidings we do still want to celebrate the wonderful children’s books being published now and in the past; and also share a bit of Brown’s work, the images above are from the upcoming Cheerful, and the excerpt below from the recently published The Silver Nutmeg, companion book to the popular Beyond the Pawpaw Trees.
The unfinished break in the garden wall was part of her father’s new plan to broaden the horizon for her. ‘It’s shameful,’ he had said to her mother one day, ‘for Anna Lavinia to be cooped up. How can you expect the girl to grow up with a point of view, if she has none?’
Anna Lavinia secretly felt that she had points of view on many things, but she had been thrilled with her father’s decision to help her find a new one. For a whole week she and her father had tramped around the outside of the rosy brick wall, figuring out just the right place to open it.