Lily and her grandmother search for ten beautiful things as they take a long car ride to Iowa and Lily's new home with Gran. At first, Lily sees nothing beautiful in the April slush and cloudy sky. Soon though, Lily can see beauty in unexpected places, from the smell of spring mud to a cloud shaped like a swan to a dilapitated barn. A furious rainstorm mirrors Lily's anxiety, but as it clears Lily discovers the tenth beautiful thing: Lily and Gran and their love for each other.
A heartfelt story of changing perspectives, set in the Midwest, Ten Beautiful Things gently explores loss, a new home, and finding beauty wherever you are. The book leaves the exact cause of Lily's move ambiguous, making it perfect for anyone helping a child navigate change, whether it be the loss of a parent, entering or leaving a foster home, or moving. Heartfelt and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful story of how a loving grandparent can help children weather life's storms.
"Lechuga’s emotion-laden cameos of Lily in the back seat capture the child’s grief and anxiety, described as 'complaints starting in her belly again, coming up her throat, and nearly out her mouth.' Luckily, beautiful things change Lily’s mood.... Arriving at Gram’s house, Lily understands that change will not be easy, but she belongs with Gram now: [beautiful thing] No. 10.... Stunning illustrations and a quiet appreciation of the natural world combine to create a positive message about change." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Jan 12, 2021|