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The Matchbox Diary

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"Pick whatever you like most. Then I'll tell you its story." When a little girl visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home, she chooses an unusual object to learn about: an old cigar box. What she finds inside surprises her: a collection of matchboxes making up her great-grandfather's diary, harboring objects she can hold in her hand, each one evoking a memory.

Together they tell of his journey from Italy to a new country, before he could read and write -- the olive pit his mother gave him to suck on when there wasn't enough food; a bottle cap he saw on his way to the boat; a ticket still retaining the thrill of his first baseball game. With a narrative entirely in dialogue, Paul Fleischman makes immediate the two characters' foray into the past. With warmth and an uncanny eye for detail, Bagram Ibatoulline gives expressive life to their journey through time -- and toward each other.

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This unique chronicle, passed down through the telling of each matchbox moment, creates a heartwarming experience of shared family history and bonding between generations. Breathtakingly beautiful and elaborately detailed illustrations give the perfect vintage feel to The Matchbox Diary, a treasure that will inspire readers young and old to share their own stories. --Seira Wilson

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Paul Fleischman
Illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline
ISBN 0763646016
Publication Date Mar 12, 2013
Publisher Candlewick
Language English