The Acb With Honora Lee by Kate De GoldiThe Acb With Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi

The Acb With Honora Lee

byKate De GoldiIllustratorGregory O'brien

Hardcover | April 8, 2014

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Perry's mother and father are busy people ... they're impatient, they're tired, they get cross easily. And they think that only children, like Perry, should be kept busy. On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at the Santa Lucia rest home, but Gran never remembers them. 'Who is that man?' Honora Lee asks when Perry's father leaves the room. After movement class is abruptly cancelled, Perry is allowed to go to Santa Lucia on Thursday afternoons. She discovers her Gran has an unconventional interest in the alphabet, so Perry decides to make an alphabet book with the help of Honora and the others. Soon everyone is interested in Perry's book project. The ACB With Honora Lee unfolds with characteristic warmth, quirky, surprising humor and a rich cast of 'residents'. The story is a meditation on kindness and patience and acceptance; that of the very young and the very old. It's a story that will resonate with echoes of recollection for many -- from Perry's endearing perspective on the adult world to the embracing kindness of those who care for the elderly.
KATE DeGOLDI is one of New Zealand's most loved authors. The author of the phenomenal The 10 PM Question, which has been published extensively overseas, she is a two-time winner of the New Zealand Post Children's Book of the Year Award. She has held several major fellowships and is a respected broadcaster, book festival chair and publi...
Title:The Acb With Honora LeeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.14 × 6.13 × 0.8 inPublished:April 8, 2014Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770497226

ISBN - 13:9781770497221


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Quiet Story This is a slow book; a gentle story with eccentric characters. It reads a lot like a book from the fifties, only the characters have modern attitudes. It is sweet and clean ... and real. Peggy is an only child whose parents keep her over involved by having scheduled activities to fill her time. But Peggy doesn't have any friends her age, is a bit of a loner and a nerd, but has a healthy dose of attitude. When one of her scheduled activities is cancelled due to instructor illness Peggy suggests she go visit her Grandmother in full throws of dementia, against her parents better judgement. Thus starts a new chapter in Peggy's life where she becomes a part of the community at Santa Lucia. Her grandmother never knows who she is but they become friends, partners in mischief. Peggy becomes friends and close to all the other residents and the staff. While on a two-week school break she works on a school project with the residents making an alphabet book about the residence which brings everyone closer. A lovely meeting of the minds between old and young, but a quiet story with no great events that might not be exciting enough for the intended audience. The artwork is interesting but abstract and surreal at times, not exactly my thing.
Date published: 2014-06-21

Editorial Reviews

"Perry is funny and bewitching, and all the other characters, even the walk-ons, are equally engaging. O’Brien’s curious diagram-illustrations pay appropriate tribute to Perry’s admiration for the unconvent-ional."
—Publishers Weekly