Neela Vaswani is the author of the short story collection Where the Long Grass Bends (Sarabande Books, 2004). Recipient of a 2006 O. Henry Prize, her fiction and nonfiction have been widely anthologized and published in journals such as Epoch, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner. She lives in New York City.
Silas Dwane House is an American writer best known for his novels. He is also a music journalist, environmental activist, and columnist. House’s fiction is known for its attention to the natural world, working class characters, and the plight of the rural place and rural people.
Read Aloud Tips
Talk about the book before reading it. Show the cover and ask students what they think it may be about while also flipping through the illustrations together.
Go through the pictures and have students predict what happens next.
Use this book to inspire children’s writing and strengthening of friendships.
A finely detailed depiction of two separate worlds that demonstrates a deep well of shared humanity. – Kirkus Reviews