Annie H. Staff Picks
What an old-fashioned pleasure this book is! Both smart and absorbing, this is a story about ordinary people in a small English town on the eve of the WWI. The story sounds trite (a young woman arrives to teach at the local school, etc.), but Helen Simonson is such a good writer that I felt I was there with them and just wanted to keep reading and reading.
This deceptively simple picture book is a pleasure to pore over. My 2-year-old and I look through and discuss this mostly wordless book over and over, finding new hidden stories each time. Combining exquisitely realistic details of daily life with a touch of whimsy, this book is real treasure for curious little people and their parents.
A beautifully written, old fashioned love story. The Invisible Bridge is, to begin with, the story of a young Hungarian architect student in Paris at the beginning of WWII. I was completely captivated and there are scenes that are still fresh in my memory several years later.