THE SECRET REMEDY BOOK by Karin Cates

THE SECRET REMEDY BOOK

A Story of Comfort and Love
Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Halperin’s great gift is to make expressive and exquisitely detailed pictures: large ones to cover the page; and smaller related vignettes, often in a row along the sides or top or bottom like an ancient altarpiece. She does this to excellent effect in Cates’s gentle story of Lolly, who at last gets to spend a month with Auntie Zep but finds she misses her parents terribly. Auntie Zep takes her to the attic to retrieve from an old trunk the Secret Remedy Book, bound in flowered wallpaper and written in a spidery hand. There are seven remedies that must be done before the first hoot of an owl. Lolly and Aunt Zep savor a glass of apple juice, until they can almost taste the very tree it came from. Other remedies include planting, observing, and reading that very special passage in a favorite book. By bedtime and the owl’s hoot, they have done all seven, including the last, which is “Dream of doing great things. You must think of one small, great thing you can do tomorrow.” Solace, ritual, simplicity, tenderness, and care for the natural world are offered on each page as naturally as breathing, and the pale radiance of Halperin’s illustrations bring comfort and joy. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-439-35226-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Orchard/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2003




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