Her Mother's Face

By Roddy Doyle; Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)
(Arthur A. Levine Books, Hardcover, 9780439815017, 40pp.)

Publication Date: November 2008

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Winter 2009 Kids' List
“Young Siobhan can't recall what her mother looked like, but a chance meeting in the park helps her remember all the other wonderful things about her mom she has forgotten. Roddy Doyle has written a touching story of love, laughter, and loss, and the whimsical illustrations by Freya Blackwood are a perfect match.”
-- Barb Bassett, The Red Balloon Bookshop, Saint Paul, MN


Description
Award winners Roddy Doyle and Freya Blackwood team up to create a heartwarming story of loss, love, and what it means to be a family.
When Siobhan was just three years old, her mother died, leaving Siobhan and her father alone in their house in Dublin. They never talk about her, and now, at ten years old, Siobhan no longer remembers her mother's face.
One day, Siobhan meets a mysterious woman in the park who tells her that to remember her mother, she just needs to look in a mirror. As Siobhan grows older, she sees more and more of her mother's face in her own reflection. With time, she and her father and her own daughter are able to remember Siobhan's mother with joy and laughter instead of tears.



About the Author
RODDY DOYLE worked for fourteen years as an English and Geography teacher at Greendale Community School, in Kilbarrack, North Dublin. He achieved widespread recognition when his novel "The Commitments "(1987) was made into a motion picture in 1991. Doyle's novel "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" won the Booker Prize, Britain's highest literary award in 1993.

Freya Blackwood grew up in Orange in New South Wales, Australia. As the daughter of a painter and an architect, she was encouraged to draw from a young age, and produced many illustrated books as a child. She earned a design degree (Visual Communications) at the University of Technology, Sydney and then worked for several years in the film industry in Sydney and Wellington, New Zealand. Many of her books have been translated into other languages and can be read by people all over the world. She now lives back in Orange, New South Wales, Australia with her divine daughter Ivy, their rather naughty whippet Pivot, and four noisy chickens.
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