The Friend

The Friend

Book Plus CD - 2007
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With her mother too busy and her father away much of the time, Annabelle Clementine Dodd (Belle) helps Beatrice Smith (Bea), the house maid, as she does chores, shops or bakes. At the conclusion of most days, they walk on the beach, with hands joined, relishing the view of the sea. However, one afternoon Belle sneaks outside to play all alone, and something happens that changes her life forever.
Publisher: [Pine Plains, NY[ : Live Oak Media, p2007.
Edition: 1st ed..
ISBN: 9781595199188
1595199187
Call Number: READ-ALONG
Characteristics: 1 compact disc (26 min., 16 sec.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book.
Subjects: Compact discs, Juvenile book.
Read-alongs, Juvenile.
Beaches -- Juvenile fiction.
Household employees -- Juvenile fiction.
Friendship -- Juvenile fiction.
Additional Contributors: Small, David 1945-

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quagga Dec 15, 2009

A tiny red-headed girl spends her days under the loving eye of her family's Black housekeeper, who saves the child from drowning when she ventures off on her own. The watercolour illustrations by David Small capture the sunlight and breezes of a seaside home in summer. Author Sarah Stewart (Small's wife) dedicates this book to "all the people across the world who have saved the lives of children by paying attention when others did not -- but especially to Ola Beatrice Smith." It is clear that the tale is autobiographical: Beatrice Smith is the name of the housekeeper within the story and the final page shows the child grown into a woman, standing by a typewriter and pressing her hand to a locket over her breast. On the back end pages, the locket lies open and Small has collaged a photo inside: a black woman holding a red-haired baby. Children from pre-school to Grade 2 are the obvious audience for this picture book, but adults will appreciate it on a different level. A good pairing for readers who enjoyed The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

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