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All her life, Elspet Mary seems to have known nothing but loss; her mother died, then her father, leaving her with her Aunt Ailsa and Uncle Will Gordon. Just as she is beginning to feel at home, she must go to the New World in Upper Canada. What awaits Elspet Mary in the strange new land?
Dickon wasn't happy in his old home or his old school. He hopes that in his new neighborhood he will meet children who never knew his old, hyper self, who will like him for who he is now. And he hopes for a dog of his own. Dickon's mother calls him Birdie. She feeds him milk from a teddy bear mug. She worries if he's out of her sight for a moment and she knows how filthy and vicious dogs can be. Dickon is delighted to discover that the Humane Society is right on the other side of the fence behind the new house, but only by disobeying his mother will he ever get close to a real dog.
Nell makes two wishes on her birthday, but the next day they show little sign of coming true. Everyone in her household is busy and wants her out from underfoot and no one is willing to help her find her lost cat. In the end she finds more than a cat and she makes her own wishes come true with the help of a row of tall, bright, smiling sunflowers.
Ten-year-old Min has had a long history of foster care since being abandoned in a public washroom at age three. When Min is dumped by her latest foster mother just before Christmas, Jess Hart, a former Children's Aid doctor who knows Min and sees past her hardened shell, decides to take her home for a couple of weeks to see how the two of them get along. Jess has long had thoughts of becoming Min's official foster mother, or even adopting her. On their way to find a Christmas tree, Min finds a young dog that's near death and brings it home. As the dog's timidness and distrust of people begins to lessen, Min realizes how much she has herself been "walling" people out. Min starts to open up, makes some new friends and even stands up to her old nemesis, the bullying and taunting Laird. This is a story of an abandoned dog helping an abandoned girl open her heart and let in a new family. Jean Little's incredible gift for portraying emotion and creating real people on the page shines in this touching novel.
Seeing-eye pup, Shakespeare, conquered many fears in Rescue Pup. Now he is back, about to be matched up with a blind boy, ready to begin his working life. Tim is enraged by his blindness and wants nothing to do with a guide dog. But he is no match for Shakespeare.
When the German family moves to Ontario Canada in 1933, they discover that the youngest child, bristly, standoffish "Awkward Anna" is actually quite blind. She gets glasses but still does not have normal vision. She joins a low vision class at school and quietly opens up to the world. A very loving story, which reminded me of when I got my first glasses at a similar age. This remains one of my favorites by a favorite author.
A collection of poems and brief vignettes from the perspective of a girl named Kate Bloomfield, reflecting her views on friendship, school, family life, and the world.
Based on the story of Little's mother, this book describes the early life of Flora, a girl growing up in rural Canada before World War I. Flora watches her brothers go off to battle, faces tragedy, and decides to become a doctor.
Fiona comes from a large and loving family where she, her older sisters and her mother are all twins. But soon her loving family is torn apart as the Spanish flu is brought to Canada by soldiers returning from fighting overseas in World War I. Fiona turns to her diary, pouring out her fears as her sisters fall ill with the deadly disease. Will Fee lose those dear to her?
Jean Little, award winning Canadian author, writes her first book of memoirs. Written with vivid recall of emotions and events, Little's autobiography begins with her early childhood in Taiwan, covers her growing up legally blind, dealing with public school and social problems, and ends with the publication of her first book, Mine for Keeps. Jean Little's work has mainly consisted of children's literature, but she has also written two autobiographies: Little by Little and Stars Come Out Within. Little has been partially blind since birth as a result of scars on her cornea and is frequently accompanied by a guide dog.
When Emily's parents move to an eighteen-room house so that her four unpredictable cousins can live with them, life for Emily, an only child, is never again the same. Will she meet the mysterious owners of a treasure box in her attic bedroom? Can anyone get along with a nosy and crochety elderly neighbor? How do you learn about differences without prejudice or hurting people's feelings? Go on this journey with Emily to find the answers ... along with more questions!
Away at school, Sally Copeland has always dreamed of going home, but now that she's there, she feels frightened and unsure of herself. Will her brother and sister accept her? Will she be able to do things for herself? And what will it be like to go to a regular school and be the only one with cerebral palsy?
Victoria Cope's family takes in a Home Child, a sad and quiet girl named Mary Anna. Victoria soon discovers the reason for Mary Anna's silence -- she was separated from her younger brother. Victoria vows to help Mary Anna find her brother.
Not only does Meg Copeland have to share a room with her handicapped sister, Sally, she even feels out of place with the rest of her family. And to make it worse, she's struggling in school and probably won't move on to the next grade. She's sure she's going to be a total failure. Then Grandma moves in and her life gets even worse. Slowly, with help from friends and a new pup, and even Grandma, she starts to overcome her problems. Sequel to "Mine for Keeps."
In this sequel to "Little by Little," (also available on Bookshare) Ms. Little shares her struggles, her hard-won successes, her sorrows and her joys. She becomes a published writer, earns awards for her books, grapples with becoming blind, acquires a talking computer, obtains a Seeing Eye dog, travels a bit, and introduces us to authors who delight her. A story beautifully written and warmly told. A fine book for a book report. An embossed braille copy should read well.
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