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Once Upon a Memory

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Once Upon a Memory

By Nina Laden; Renata Liwksa (Illustrator); Renata Liwska (Illustrator)

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780316208161, 40pp.

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

"Does a feather remember it once was a bird?"

"Does a book remember it once was a word?"

When a feather drifts through a child's window, a magical journey begins. As the boy follows the feather, he is swept away to a world filled with adorable animals, where fantasy and reality come together in surprising and playful ways. From the cake that once was grain to the ocean that once was rain, whimsical "before" and "after" scenes offer readers a peek at the world as seen through the eyes of a curious child, ultimately asking the question, "What will you remember?"
Nina Laden's poetic and cleverly woven text is perfectly paired with bestselling artist Renata Liwska's captivating illustrations. Together they create a story that will keep readers enchanted long after the journey has ended.

About the Author
Nina Laden is an award-winning, bestselling children's book author and illustrator who lives in Seattle and on Lummi Island, WA, but mostly she lives in her imagination. She grew up in the New York City area, the daughter of two artists, and received a BFA from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. She has over a dozen books in print including "The Night I Followed the Dog," " When Pigasso Met Mootisse," and "Roberto: The Insect Architect." Her website is

Renata Liwska has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her old schoolbooks overflowed with sketches, and the children's book illustrations she creates today are influenced by memories from her childhood. She is the illustrator of the "New York Times "best sellers, "The Quiet Book" and "The Loud Book!," and is the author and illustrator of "Little Panda" and "The Red Wagon." Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Renata now lives in Calgary with her husband, Mike. Her website is

Praise For Once Upon a Memory

Praise for Once Upon a Memory:A Bank Street College Children's Book Committee Best Book of 2014 Selection
* "A rhythmic poem explores origins, both physical and abstract...Animal characters are tender and genuine. These musings on memory and change are thought-provoking, yet the piece also works as a lullaby. Reflective and peaceful."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"[A] gentle, dreamy picture book...A lyrical series of questions that play with the concept of memory and origins...[are] grounded by Liwska's pencil and mixed-media drawings."—School Library Journal