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Clara and Davie Hardcover – Picture Book, January 28, 2014

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Gr 1–3—Drawing once again on her family history, Polacco shares the story of a distant relative. The very shy Clara was especially close to her brother, Davie. While their older sister thought that Clara was too lazy to speak correctly, Davie understood that she had a severe lisp. The siblings became inseparable, Clara a willing student to Davie's lessons in horseback riding and other outdoor endeavors. Clara spent time with the barn animals, studying their habits and needs. She seemed "to have healing in her hands." After classmates teased her about her speech, Clara, an excellent student, was taught at home. She and Davie visited the library and borrowed books about nature. Soon, Clara was borrowing medical books as well. Word of her ability spread and she began treating the neighbors' livestock. When Davie was severely injured in an accident, she immediately took over his care. After his long recovery, Davie proclaimed, "You do have the gift of healing, Clara….Thank you for my life." The author's endnote details Barton's adult accomplishments in the medical field and her founding of the American Red Cross. Polacco's characteristic mixed-media illustrations are lively and evocative, and the winter scenes are especially appealing. This heartwarming story of sibling devotion and overcoming obstacles will whet readers' interest and lead them to further study.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY

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Polacco introduces readers to one of her ancestors, Clara Barton, the famous Civil War battlefield nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. These adventures are alluded to only in the author’s note at the book’s end; Polacco instead focuses on Barton’s childhood on a farm in early nineteenth-century Massachusetts. Clara had a lisp, which isolated her, but she also had a brother—the Davie of the title—who championed her. The narrative traces the development of Clara’s healing touch with animals and humans alike. Polacco’s illustrations, done in pencil, marker, and acrylics, are sometimes a bit flat when it comes to human depictions, but that doesn’t stop this from being a smart choice for curriculum use. Although the book is directed at preschoolers, its text-heavy nature brings it into an older child category, an audience that might better appreciate the worthy details. Grades 2-4. --Connie Fletcher

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  • Hardcover : 40 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0545354773
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0545354776
  • Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
  • Grade Level : Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Product Dimensions : 10 x 0.25 x 8 inches
  • Publisher : Scholastic Press (January 28, 2014)
  • Reading level : 3 - 6 years
  • Language: : English
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