This was hands down my favorite new book this year! This true story of beloved author Patricia Polacco's grandmother is a heartwarming celebration of reading and community.
During a raging storm in 1883 on a farm in Locke Center, Michigan a little girl was born with a caul, a birth membrane also called, “a mermaid’s purse”. Being born with a caul was rare and considered to be especially lucky. Estella was named after the single bright star that remained in the sky after the storm. She would be drawn to storms, and storms to her, all her life. She loved to read from an early age and collected and read every book she could get her hands on. When she fills a whole floor of her barn with books, her father enlists help to build her her own dear little library. She called it "The Mermaid’s Purse”. With her little library she helps spread her infectious love of reading to her whole town. She reads to and tutors neighbor children, creates a traveling lending library on a goat cart she drives herself, and teaches the value of books to the farmers of her community. When a tornado rips through her town, destroying her home and little library, the townspeople band together to give back to the little girl who gave them so much. Ages 5+
Thanks for the review, Chrissy!