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Publisher, Date:
New York : Walker, c2003.
Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Summary:
When her bookbinder father cannot complete an order for an important customer in time, Anna decides to take the fate of the family business into her own hands.
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7 31 55 68 72 101 105 108 112 113 123 124 129 135 136 148 150 175 206 223 276 336
ISBN:
0802788319
Other Number:
51887717
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1
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# Local items:
1
Control Number:
459174
Call Number:
E CHE
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Characters
Anna (Girl), Helps her father in his bookbinding shop; saves the family business when her father can't complete an important deadline
Papa (Male), Watches business go to the faster bookbinders who use glue instead of stitching, as he does; must choose between completing an important order and helping his wife give birth
Genre
Fiction
Juvenile
Topics
Books and reading
Family businesses
Fathers and daughters
Childbirth
Brothers
Families
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Anna, the protagonist of this tender period piece, sees her father's bookbinding business slipping away, as customers choose the speedy delivery of the big, new binderies (which use glue) over the quality of her father's carefully hand-sewn books. When Anna's mother goes into labor shortly before an important customer's job is due, the girl surprises her father by re-stitching the books herself-immaculately. Cheng (Marika) establishes ambience and key relationships in just a few opening lines: "My papa smells like paper and leather and glue. When I sit on his lap at night I find paper snippets in his hair. He lets me peel the dry glue from his fingertips." The author tidily binds together plot and subplot: from the leather scraps Anna collects as her father binds a collection of Aesop's fables, the girl crafts a picture of the tortoise and hare, and the moral exemplifies the painstaking quality of their bookmaking. Readers hoping for a close-up look at Anna's work may be frustrated, however. While black-and-white sketches on the endpapers give a general sense of various steps in the process, Rand's realistic watercolors favor a more impressionistic approach. His compositions feel almost cinematic, capturing small moments-the father touching Anna's hair or his plaintive gesture to a churlish customer-that indeed speak volumes. Ages 5-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
Anna loves to sit in the corner of her father's workshop watching his skillful hands as they lovingly repair books. She understands what other people do not: Though the new large binderies that are stealing her father's business can bind books faster, their work will not endure as long. To many customers though, speed matters more than skill. Her father's most important client threatens to pull his business unless his latest order of books is rebound in three days. Anna's father works long hours struggling to complete the order, but all seems lost when Anna's pregnant mother goes into labor the night before the order is due. Determined not to let her father fail, Anna decides to take the fate of the family business into her own hands.
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