Elizabeth Brown doesn't like to play with dolls and she doesn't like to skate. What she does like to do is read books. Lots of books! So as she grows, she collects more and more books, packing every room in her house. By the time she's an old woman, she realizes that her library has gotten so big she can't even use her front door anymore. What should Elizabeth Brown do?
For book lovers, the answer is clear: start her own public library, of course! Elizabeth moves in with a friend and donates her home (and all of its tomes) to her town, so everyone can enjoy the books she loves so much. With charming verse and watercolors Sarah Stewart and David Small celebrate one of America's oldest and finest institutions. The Library was a 1995 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, and it will still speak strongly to any book-loving girl today.
"A story told in witty rhyme, about bookish Elizabeth Brown, who 'learned to read quite early / And at an incredible rate.' The story follows the young bibliophile from infancy to old age, as she takes her greatest pleasures in life from her literary treats. As an elderly woman, she donates her house and all of her treasures to the town for a library, and moves in with a friend. Framed watercolors give the book an old-fashioned, scrapbooklike appearance, in keeping with the details and dress of a time gone by.... Elizabeth is never seen without a tome, whether vacuuming or exercising. Small black-ink line drawings decorate the verses below and often add an additional touch of humor. This is a funny, heartwarming story about a quirky woman with a not-so-peculiar obsession." — Trev Jones, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||4 - 8|
|Publication Date||Apr 10, 1995|
|Publisher||Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)|