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Under the Lilacs

Kate feels ignored by her mother and sister and so decides to run away. In a neighboring yard, she builds a fort and enjoys a sense of independence. When the family cat, Mango, investigates, Kate welcomes her in. But then she thinks about her sister, and realizes that Mango might miss her... Before long, she finds herself making room for her family in her new home, which is looking more and more familiar. When she does, she discovers the joy of striking out on your own — while still making room for everyone.

From Ezra Jack Keats Honor winner E. B. Goodale comes a celebration of nature, family, and building our own hands-on adventures — perfect for any reader who has ever craved a bit of independence.

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"Feeling ignored by her busy mother and older sister, Kate leaves a note and runs away. She doesn’t go far, just outdoors — a lush, spring green dreamscape conjured in Goodale’s light-as-air monoprint, ink, and digital collage — to a lilac bush, where she constructs a house for herself out of cardboard, sticks, and tape, and decides, with industrious confidence, that she 'could live here, under the lilacs.' Kate’s voice succinctly captures the whirling emotions of childhood’s lonely moments.... A gentle glimpse at a child’s newfound independence and impulse to escape, 'at least for a little while.'" — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 7
Author E. B. Goodale
Illustrator E. B. Goodale
ISBN 035815393X
Publication Date Mar 3, 2020
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Language English