by Julie Sternberg
I had a bad August.
A very bad August.
As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.
As bad as a spiderweb on your leg.
As bad as the black parts of a banana.
I hope your August was better.
I really do”.
Eleanor’s babysitter, Bibi, the one she has had all her life (she’s eight years old) and whom she loves dearly is moving away. While she is feeling very sad that Bibi has gone, she must get used to a new babysitter, and a new class at school and a new teacher. Matthew Cordell has made wonderful drawings for the book. You can really see how Eleanor looks and feels. If you are eight years old, you will love this book. If you are eighty, but can remember being eight, you will love it too. The book is about losing something that you cherish, finding out that life goes on, and that you never really lose people you care about. Eleanor learns a lot in the month covered in this small book and it is imparted with all the understanding and humour of how life seems to a child. Excellent and I recommend it as a great gift for a child in your life.