A Book for Black-Eyed Susan
by Judy Young
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.
- 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
- Subject: Language Arts, Social Studies
- Series: Tales of Young Americans
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- Suggested Reading Level: Grade 3
- Lexile® Measure: 580
- Guided Reading Level: Q
- ATOS Reading Level: 3.5
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 142452
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century (JUV016140)
- JUVENILE FICTION / Family / New Baby (JUV013040)
- Society of School Librarians International Honor Book Award--Language Arts Picture Books Category, Winner
- Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nominees, Short-listed, 2013
- WILLA Literary Awards for Children's and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction, Short-listed, 2012
- Storytelling World Award Honors--Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners Category, Winner, 2012
- National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA)--Gold, Winner, 2011
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Author: Judy Young
Judy Young remembers writing a poem for her grandmother when she was about ten. Her grandmother encouraged her to keep writing, and Judy did! Judy is the author of over two dozen children’s picture books and novels, including, Promise, The Wild World of Buck Bray series and the Digger and Daisy series. Judy’s books are used extensively in the public schools and have received numerous awards and honors. One of her most cherished is hearing LeVar Burton read A Pet for Miss Wright for Reading Rainbow Storytime Video to celebrate National Reading Month. Another, was watching as R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet was performed by the University of Utah’s Creative Dance Program.
Judy received her MA in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Tulsa and formerly worked in the public schools for 20 years. Now, a frequent speaker at schools, children’s lit fests and professional educational conferences nationwide, Judy’s firsthand experience in the schools makes her programs not only entertaining, but directly related to school curriculum.
Judy resides in the mountains near Mink Creek, Idaho, with her husband, Ross, a professional artist, who illustrated two of Judy’s books. In her spare time, Judy enjoys hiking, fishing, snowshoeing, and gallivanting around the country in “Arlo,” the Young’s traveling studio. Read more about Judy, her books and author visits to schools at www.judyyoungpoetry.com.
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.
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