Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 4 to 7
Mendel spends his whole life dreaming his days away in the little village of Chelm, until one day he decides to set off for Warsaw. Along the way he stops for a nap, pointing his shoes in the direction of Warsaw so he won't lose his way, but a passerby turns the shoes backwards, sending him back to Chelm. Once there Mendel is amazed to find that Warsaw is just like home, and he decides, from then on, to just stay put.
About the author
Gary Clement is an author and illustrator of children’s books who won the Governor General’s Award for The Great Poochini and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Just Stay Put. He has also illustrated A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King and Stories from Adam and Eve to Ezekiel by Celia Barker Lottridge. He is the editorial cartoonist for the National Post, and his work has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He lives in Toronto where he regularly exhibits his drawings and paintings.
- Long-listed, Governor General's Literary Awards: Illustration