Author: Goodale, E. B.
Follows one family through generations of time spent together and shows readers that memories allow us to connect to the past, the present, and also each other.
Kirkus Reviews (01/01/22)
School Library Journal (+) (12/01/21)
The Hornbook (00/01/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 PreS-Gr 2—A moving treatise on how the past and present intertwine. The book opens with the young, unnamed protagonist in the present, enjoying time in the blueberry bushes at her grandmother's house. At the same time, she is also remembering a camping trip with her mother. Subsequent pages describe her grandmother, mother, and even their cat's current activities, as well as a past memory they are pondering. A heartwarming conclusion of celebrated interconnectedness follows, sure to spark discussion among readers about memories, time, and more. In this story, Goodale tackles what can be a complex topic and presents it in an accessible, approachable manner for young readers. Double-page spreads of colorful mixed media illustrations use an alternating color scheme to limn past versus the present. The back matter includes a recipe for making blueberry ink. VERDICT. A multigenerational masterpiece, and outstanding addition to any collection.—Olivia Gorecke, Cape May Cty. Lib., Ocean View, NJ - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 01/01/2022 This unusual picture book illustrates the creation and reiteration of memories. A girl is picking blueberries outside her grandmother’s house, and also remembering details of a camping trip she took with her mother. Nearby, her grandmother is washing dishes, and also recalling a childhood incident in her mother’s garden. Meanwhile, the girl's mother is walking down the hill toward her daughter, and also recollecting when she was a girl sorting blueberries and her sister made her laugh. Decades later, the writer-illustrator remembers that childhood blueberry-picking day and muses briefly on the memory: “We are here . . . / . . . and also there. Always.” This book looks at the interplay of experience and memory in our minds. The text is succinct and matter-of-fact, while the illustrations, created using monotype, gouache, and blueberry ink, imaginatively depict present and past events, sometimes on the same double-page spread, with the present in full color and the past in black, white, and shades of purple. A simple recipe for blueberry ink is appended. A quiet picture book that invites children to think about memories. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.