The Red Tin Box
★“An unforgettable ode to intergenerational bonds.” — Kirkus, starred review
Like modern-day Miss Rumphius and her promise to make the world a more beautiful place, this luminous story brings the scope of a lifetime into focus for a young reader and fills it with the magic of gifts given and received. This moving and radiant story of the relationship between a grandmother and granddaughter, and the joy and promise passed down between them, begins one quiet dawn . . .
On the morning of her eighth birthday,
Maude buries a secret
at the foot of a flowering dogwood-
and inside it,
a tiny toy elephant,
a marble like a tiger's eye,
a bird's nest with purple string woven through the twigs,
A special box.
A gift, waiting for the right moment to be opened again.
At once lyrical and profound, this enchantingly illustrated book is a joyful celebration of intergenerational relationships and of the secret treasures of childhood. Young readers and adults will delight in the memories and magic tucked away in the red tin box.
REASSURING AND MAGICAL: In these unpredictable times, gentle stories have the power to reassure little ones that the most important things in life are still right in our hands. This beautiful book celebrates the enduring themes offamily love, connection, and the power of memory with poignancy and care.
CELEBRATES INTERGENERATIONAL SHARING: The warmth between a grandmother and her granddaughter that this luminous picture book depicts serves as a beautiful model of the little moments that form fond memories and build lasting intergenerational relationships.
EVERYONE HAS A TREASURE: The collection of special objects in this story give a grandmother's memories and connection to her granddaughter a physicality that even the youngest readers can use their own senses to understand, reinforcing the deeper meaning and mystery each one contains.
A MEANINGFUL GIFT: With gorgeous, color-drenched illustrations and lyrical text that illuminates a message of enduring love, this picture book makes a wonderful gift for any occasion, from birthdays to holidays, and every day of the year.
• Anyone seeking storytime books that celebrate family connection
• Fans of beautiful and heartfelt picture books like The Giving Tree, One Morning in Maine, and Last Stop on Market Street
• Gift book for new grandmothers, as part of a wishing well basket for baby shower, a birthday gift to a grandchild, or a classroom resource for diverse kids' books
• Any occasion that calls for distinctive books that will become treasured keepsakes
Matthew Burgess is an assistant professor at Brooklyn College and a poet-in-residence in New York City schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative. His award-winning first children's book, Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, was a Junior Library Guild selection and an ALA Notable Children's Book. He is also the author of The Bear and the Moon. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Evan Turk is an award-winning illustrator, author, and animator living in Riverside, California, with his husband, Chris, and two cats, Pica and Bert. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Chicago Tribune, as well as on NPR. A graduate of Parsons School of Design, his illustration and animation have been shown all over the world, including at the Society of Illustrators, ArtsWestchester, Mystic Seaport Museum, and the Petit Palais. He grew up in Colorado and loves nature and being outdoors. He continues his studies with Dalvero Academy, a private illustration school in New York City. Evan loves to travel and learn about other people and places through drawing and the interactions that come from it.
“In a tale of keepsakes hidden and found, Maude embodies the way that a grandparent’s love can offer intimacy, authenticity, and a signpost for staying true to oneself.” — Publishers Weekly
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