Bestselling children's book author Gloria Houston celebrates her great-aunt's life. Arizona Houston Hughes lived her entire life in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. It was there that she learned about words, numbers, and faraway places--and it was to there she returned, after being trained as a teacher, to share her indomitable spirit ...
Bestselling children's book author Gloria Houston celebrates her great-aunt's life. Arizona Houston Hughes lived her entire life in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. It was there that she learned about words, numbers, and faraway places--and it was to there she returned, after being trained as a teacher, to share her indomitable spirit and sense of wonder with generations of school children. Full color illustrations.
Lamb, Susan Condie. New. Bestselling author Gloria Houston lovingly recounts the story of her great-aunt's quiet yet remarkable life. Born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains, Arizona spent her childhood dreaming of all the faraway places she would one day visit. Though she never did travel to those places, Arizona did become a teacher and helped generations of children craft their own dreams. Full color.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-04-21 Born in a log cabin, the author's great-aunt teaches in a one-room schoolhouse for 57 years; PW's starred review deemed Houston "a graceful, affecting storyteller." Ages 6-9. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly, 1991-12-06 The author of The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree and Littlejim again demonstrates her skill as a graceful, affecting storyteller. In spare yet stirring prose, she recounts the life of her great-aunt Arizona, who ``was born in a log cabin her papa built . . . in the Blue Ridge Mountains.'' Arizona and her younger brother attended a one-room school, helped tap the maple trees in spring and ``caught tadpoles in the creek.'' Later, she went away to school, and returned to teach in the same schoolhouse where she herself learned. For 57 years, Arizona hugged her students, and ``taught them words and numbers, and about the faraway places they would visit someday.'' Lamb's bustling paintings--with glowing characters straight out of Laura Ingalls Wilder--convey the timeless beauty of the region, as well as Arizona's warmth and charisma. Though her great-aunt died at the age of 93, Houston concludes that she ``travels with me and with those of us whose lives she touched. . . . She goes with us in our minds.'' Readers will be among the many touched by this very special relative. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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