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 Ten beautiful things
 Author: Griffin, Molly Beth

 Publisher:  Charlesbridge (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 22 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 402116 ISBN: 9781580899369
 Ages: 5-8 Grades: K-3

 Moving -- Fiction
 Grandmothers -- Fiction
 Automobile travel -- Fiction
 Loss (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Iowa -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

Lily is moving into her grandmother's farm in Iowa, and she is sad about all the changes necessary in her life--but on the long drive her grandmother challenges her to find ten beautiful things that they can share together.

 Illustrator: Lechuga, Maribel
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 511631

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/21)
   Booklist (+) (12/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2020 *Starred Review* The journey begins before dawn. Lily’s in the backseat of Gram’s small car with her backpack by her side, her luggage strapped to the roof, and a map of Iowa on her lap. When her grandmother proposes that they find 10 beautiful things along the way, Lily is doubtful. “You’d be surprised,” says Gram. Number one is sunrise. It’s a long day, and even the crackers Lily eats don’t fill the hollow place inside her. Still, she and Gram call out each new beauty: a wind farm, a red-winged blackbird, and flashes of lightning. When they reach Gram’s farmhouse, she hugs Lily and whispers, “We’re ten.” And Lily relaxes, knowing she belongs with Gram for now. While the child is clearly carrying a burden, her grandmother’s game gives her a technique for looking outside herself and connecting with the world. The looming question, why Lily needs to live with her grandmother, goes unanswered, allowing space for children to create their own answers. But for many, the fact that Lily has Gram will be enough. Griffin’s narrative is both plainspoken and pitch-perfect. From close-ups of characters to rural landscapes with shifting light, colors, and weather, Lechuga’s handsome digital pictures illustrate the story expressively. An emotionally resonant picture book. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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