A Book for Black-Eyed Susan

 
Cover: A Book for Black-Eyed Susan
 
 

When ten-year-old Cora and her family leave their home in Missouri, their hearts are filled with the hopes and dreams of a bright future gleaming with promise and opportunity. But the journey west by wagon train is harsh, and tragedy strikes swiftly and unexpectedly. Now Cora and her father must steel themselves for a different future from what they had carefully planned. How can they move forward when their hearts are broken? But move on they must, and Cora takes comfort in her new baby sister (named Susan after the black-eyed flowers). When Cora learns she and Susan are to be separated at the end of their journey, she looks to the past to help craft a link to their new lives. Judy Young is an award-winning author of children's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her other books in the Tales of Young Americans series are Minnow and Rose (2010 Storytelling World Resource Award) and The Lucky Star (2009 Storytelling World Honor Award). Judy lives near Springfield, Missouri. Doris Ettlinger graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and has numerous picture books to her credit, including the award-winning The Orange Shoes. Doris lives and teaches in an old grist mill on the banks of the Musconetcong River in western New Jersey.

Details

Specifications

  • Dewey: F
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585364633): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 02/08/2011
  • PDF (9781410307538): 32 pages, 9 (w) x 11 (h), © 2011, 02/08/2011
  • Hosted ebook (9781627534413): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Series: Tales of Young Americans

Leveling

  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • ATOS Reading Level: 3.5
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 142452
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Awards

  • Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nominees, Short-listed, 2013
  • Storytelling World Award Honors--Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners Category, Winner, 2012
  • WILLA Literary Awards for Children's and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, Short-listed, 2012
  • National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA)--Gold, Winner, 2011
  • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award--Language Arts Picture Books Category, Winner

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Contributors

Author: Judy Young

Illustrator: Doris Ettlinger

Doris Ettlinger has illustrated many picture books, including the award-winning titles The Orange Shoes and A Book for Black-Eyed Susan. Recent books are S is for Sea Glass: A Beach Alphabet and The Legend of Sea Glass. Each book presents a new illustration challenge. Aim for the Skies gave Doris the chance to imagine very small aircraft in vast stormy skies. Doris lives and works with her husband in an old gristmill in western New Jersey. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Doris earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She learned watercolor technique from her mother, Minnie Ettlinger. To see more of her work, follow Doris Ettlinger Studio on Facebook or Instagram, or visit dorisettlinger.com.