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From Anna

by Jean Little
Preface by Katherine Paterson
Illustrator Joan Sandin

Scholastic Canada Ltd | September 1, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Jean Little''s classic celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new look for a new generation!

Nine-year-old Anna has always been the clumsy one in the family — somehow she can never do anything right. She bumps into tables, and she can''t read the chalkboard at school. Her perfect brothers and sisters call her "Awkward Anna."

When Papa announces that the family is moving from Germany to Canada — he''s worried about what the Nazis'' rise to power will bring — Anna''s heart sinks. How can she learn English when she can''t even read German properly?

But when the Soldens arrive in Canada, Anna learns that there is a reason for her clumsiness. And suddenly, wonderfully, her whole world begins to change, especially when new friends at her special school help her stand up to bullies who call her names.

A truly heartwarming story, From Anna will resonate with any child who has ever felt left out. This 40th anniversary edition includes an Introduction by Katherine Paterson and and Afterword by Jean Little herself.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.5 in

Published: September 1, 2012

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443113425

ISBN - 13: 9781443113427

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwrenching Jean Little's contributions to this series are exceptional and "If I Die Before I Wake" is no different. Little portrays life in 1918 Toronto vividly. The Spanish Flu Pandemic is, of course, the main theme but various other topics are also explored: the last year of WWI, Armistice Day, class distinctions, women doctors and the growing changes in women's freedom. General everyday life is explored deeply showing the great conveniences now available since the parent/grandparent's Victorian days and the hardships the reader will notice compared with modern day's easy use of technology. Fiona introduces us to her unique family consisting of multiple twins, widowed father and Aunt caretaker bringing great character development and a charming, lovely household that we grieve with when the obvious death(s) occur(s). I was surprised though because I thought clues were being given that a certain character would be the one who perished and I, thankfully!, was wrong. The book is better given to the older age range of this series (8-12) due to the amount of death and descriptions of the disease. The ending is satisfying enough but the usual epilogue which tells what happened to the characters after the book was unusually depressing. Also includes some good photographs at the end, though more seem to be from Alberta & Manitoba than Toronto, where the book is set.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING Jean Little is my fave author and I have only read her dear Canada books to make her mine also. She is the best and every girl (in my class) and 2 boys loved this book. (I made them read it)
Date published: 2007-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was amazing! Jean Little is my favourite Authur, and only because of her three Dear Canada books. She showed me how horrid the Flu epidemic was. It shows you what some one your age had to go through. It will engage you sense it is a diary. I for one just L-O-V-E-D-!!!! THIS BOOK.
Date published: 2007-04-12

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From Anna

by Jean Little
Preface by Katherine Paterson
Illustrator Joan Sandin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.5 in

Published: September 1, 2012

Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1443113425

ISBN - 13: 9781443113427

From the Publisher

Jean Little''s classic celebrates its 40th anniversary with a new look for a new generation!

Nine-year-old Anna has always been the clumsy one in the family — somehow she can never do anything right. She bumps into tables, and she can''t read the chalkboard at school. Her perfect brothers and sisters call her "Awkward Anna."

When Papa announces that the family is moving from Germany to Canada — he''s worried about what the Nazis'' rise to power will bring — Anna''s heart sinks. How can she learn English when she can''t even read German properly?

But when the Soldens arrive in Canada, Anna learns that there is a reason for her clumsiness. And suddenly, wonderfully, her whole world begins to change, especially when new friends at her special school help her stand up to bullies who call her names.

A truly heartwarming story, From Anna will resonate with any child who has ever felt left out. This 40th anniversary edition includes an Introduction by Katherine Paterson and and Afterword by Jean Little herself.

About the Author

Jean Little is one of Canada''s best-loved children''s writers. She is a member of the Order of Canada and has received numerous awards including a CLA Book of the Year Award, a Governor General''s Literary Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for Body of Work. Jean is the author of almost 50 books, including four in the Dear Canada series, and the acclaimed novel Dancing Through the Snow. She lives in Guelph, Ontario. Her website is www.jeanlittle.ca.

Joan Sandin was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Tucson, Arizona, and lived in Stockholm, Sweden for 15 years. She always loved to draw, and illustrated her first book — a story written by her big brother Tom — when she was five. Joan has three children, more than a dozen grandchildren, and more than 100 published books in English and in Swedish. She now lives Arizona again, where she continues to illustrate, write, and translate children''s books. Here website is www.joansandin.com.