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published: Nov 2012
ISBN:9781554699919

Seeing Orange

by Sara Cassidy, illustrated by Amy Meissner

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list price: $6.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Nov 2012
ISBN:9781554699919
Description

Seven-year-old Leland has trouble writing, but he loves drawing. He so dislikes his teacher that he conjures up Delilah, an imaginary seeing-eye dog to help him into class each day. When a neighborhood painter recognizes Leland's gifts as an artist, Leland grows more confident about the world as he uniquely sees it. And when his family's cat goes missing, it is Leland's keen observation skills that lead to finding him. Leland's newfound confidence helps him both confront and sympathize with his teacher, who only wishes Leland could be a bit more focused.

About the Authors

Sara Cassidy is a journalist and editor and the author of ten novels for young readers, including A Boy Named Queen. Her books have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, and she has been a finalist for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, the Diamond Willow Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and the Silver Birch Express Award. Recently, Sara authored the picture book Helen’s Birds, illustrated by Sophie Casson. She has also won a National Magazine Award (Gold) for a piece in Today’s Parent. She lives in Victoria.

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Amy Meissner currently lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Her two, bad orange cats keep her company in the studio all day long where she paints, draws, writes, cuts fabric and moves cats off the things they aren't supposed to sleep on. Creating art for children's books is Amy's favorite job, but she also illustrates for posters and articles. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing and has undergraduate degrees in both Art and Textiles.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
Awards
  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books starred selection
Editorial Reviews

"Offers a story that will appeal to boys as well as girls in the primary grades. Themes of loneliness, friendship, and perseverance are ones to which many students will relate. The vocabulary is manageable but still interesting, and Cassidy does a thorough job of describing her characters and settings. The ending is satisfying and uplifting, leaving readers with a good feeling about appreciating our abilities and facing challenges."

— CM Magazine

"Cassidy does a fine job constructing sentences for learning readers while also modeling wonderful sentence structure and examples for learning writers. Full of vivid descriptions and emotion, this book will attract a wide range of readers. Multimedia b&w illustrations are engaging and quite detailed. Some readers may find the artwork as interesting as the story itself. This title comes with an online Teacher's Guide so the book can be used in literature circles or as classroom reads. Overall, this book makes a fine choice for both classroom and school libraries due to its wide reader appeal and early reading level."

— Library Media Connection

"A wonderful little novel for beginning readers. This story is interesting enough to keep hesitant readers engaged, with very detailed and beautiful illustrations...With the final message of acceptance and doing one's best to improve, Seeing Orange makes for an effective classroom read."

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Seeing Orange

In this Orca Echoes early chapter book series, Leland’s imagination helps him create wonderful paintings but his daydreaming causes problems. He finds it very hard to put things down in writing and the resulting conflict with his Grade Two teacher makes him dread school. Fortunately, a neighbour realizes how talented he is. She teaches Leland to value how he looks at the world through an artist’s eyes. Leland learns not only how to be a better painter but also how to stand up for himself. This would be a good read aloud for later Primary classes both as a beginning novel and as a complement to the art curriculum. Here are clear lessons about art and life, written in a lively and engaging manner that avoids being didactic.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2013-2014.

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