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Layla, Queen of Hearts Hardcover – April 27, 2010

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 900L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780374343606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374343606
  • ASIN: 0374343608
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–5—Senior Citizen's Day is right around the corner for the third graders at Saint Benedict's, and Layla Elliott has a problem. Her nana died last year, and she has no one special to take to the festivities. No one, that is, until she meets Miss Amelie, who is coping with memory loss. The elderly woman's condition doesn't stop Layla from pursuing a friendship with her, though. She knows that they are meant to be friends because they share the nickname "Queen of Hearts," given to each of them by a loved one who has passed. Indeed, their bond strengthens, and Miss Amelie attends Senior Citizen's Day with Layla. They have a wonderful time together, but then the child must learn how to cope as she watches her friend's memory worsen. The sequel to The Naming of Tishkin Silk (Farrar, 2009), this is a beautifully written tale about how it feels to lose someone you care about, whether the loss is due to death or dementia. Though the subject matter is heavy, Millard maintains an upbeat mood throughout and her poetic descriptions of Layla's environment show readers that there is beauty and joy to be found in everyday life. Soft pencil drawings scattered throughout also add a sense of comfort. This is a gentle introduction to a difficult subject, and reassuring bibliotherapy for children who have already lost a grandparent.—Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, Rochester, NY
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From Booklist

Following The Naming of Tishkin Silk (2009), this second title featuring the endearing, sometimes quirky Silk family focuses on third-grader Layla Elliott, Griffin Silk’s best friend, who, without grandparents of her own, needs someone to bring to the school’s Senior Citizens’ Day. Then she meets charming Miss Amelie, who is frequently forgetful and confused. Despite these challenges, their developing friendship brings Layla rewarding insights into kindness and understanding. Difficult issues, including a loved one’s death, are handled with sensitivity and reassurance, while droll, sweet spot art and well-drawn characters add to the book’s appeal. Grades 4-6. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Russ on June 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a such a treasure that I feel the need to offer a review. My 8 year old reader is on the autism spectrum which means it is hard to discern the difference between reading about an action and actually doing the action. Books with obnoxious children who learn the lesson by the end of the book are pointless...only the obnoxious behavior is learned. This book has none of that. The characters are wonderful, the story line thought provoking. An added bonus is the subject matter: aging grandparents with alziemers or senility and death/funerals. I feel the subjects are handled so well, you can just enjoy the story or use it to open discussion if your family is experiencing this situation. Either way, a great book for this reading level. I look forward to reading Glenda Millard's other books.
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By Daniel on December 14, 2013
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This is one of the best books I've ever read through thick and thin, sad and happy. I love how they describe things as other things this is a perfect book and I recommend it to everyone
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My artistic talents were first discovered at the age of three, when I was found creating a mural on the dining room wall with a pastry brush and a can of Crisco. Although the work itself was never fully appreciated by my parents, my interest in art was. They quickly gave me a better canvas and more appropriate supplies. My passion for art grew, and I earned a BFA in studio art from the University of Texas in Austin, where I live now with my husband, son and good dog Archer.

My clients include Alfred A. Knopf, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, Scholastic Book Club, Ideals Children's Books, Ladybug Magazine, Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, Highlights, Highlights High Five, and Hazelden Educational Publishing.

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