Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
NOW IN BOARD BOOK FORMAT. An unforgettable story about an adorable elephant, featuring stunning paper-sculpture artwork.
Nancy knows she's forgotten something. Something important. When she tries to remember, she thinks of all kinds of other things instead. She remembers things she knows and things she doesn't quite know. She remembers things one way, then another. Sometimes she remembers with her ears or her stomach or even her heart. But Nancy knows she's still forgetting something. It's only when
Nancy stops thinking altogether that she finally remembers the very important thing she's forgotten. Nancy Knows is the charming story of an elephant who remembers lots of things, except the very thing she is trying to remember. Each spread of this whimsical, arresting board book features fantastic miniature paper sculptures within expressive outlines of a puzzled pachyderm. It's a book not to be forgotten.
About the author
Cybèle Young is an award-winning artist who exhibits her exquisite paper sculpture (Japanese paper printed with etched copperplates) internationally. She has illustrated several books for children, including Pa’s Harvest by Jan Andrews, which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) and Jack Pine by Christopher Patton. She has recently written and illustrated A Few Blocks, a Kirkus Best Children’s Book and winner of the Alcuin Award; Ten Birds, winner of the Governor General’s Award (Illustration); and A Few Bites, which received starred reviews in Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was named an OLA Best Bet. Cybèle lives with her family in Toronto./p
PRAISE FOR Nancy Knows:
"The slight tale is charming, but it is merely the vehicle for a truly beautiful and unique visual tour de force . . . It’s a work to be shared in wonderment and delight. Pure fascination." --Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"[I]t’s the how-did-she-do-that nature of Young’s paper constructions that will have readers returning to these pages again and again." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"This story is told in simple, evocative language and is illustrated in minimalist style . . . Nancy is a charming protagonist with a memory like an elephant. She won’t be soon forgotten." --Starred Review, School Library Journal
"Nancy Knows is a great example of the power and charm of simple storytelling . . . The images are certain to appeal to any reader who is a fan of highly visual search-and-identify books such as the popular I Spy series, but Young’s interweaving of story and character with her art provides a much richer reading experience. This is the sort of picture book that has the power to create happy memories for its readers." --Starred Review, Quill & Quire