A situation based on the author's childhood is explored in quietly evocative verse vignettes. Judy, narrator Deanna's friend, says she's Norwegian; she has no father, and her mother never appears outdoors. Still, despite their parents' protests, the girls choose Judy's yard to play in--marveling at the shards of glass that mysteriously accumulate in the ruin of a greenhouse where they congregate. The real explanation is tawdry, but poignant--her mother drinks, and Judy thus conceals the evidence. By the time Deanna makes that discovery, however, Judy has moved away. Readers, meanwhile, have pieced together her bittersweet encounter with a small town and its gossip. A gentle, perceptive book, nicely illustrated with small, square, b&w paintings--like snapshot glimpses of the past.