Her Mother's Face (Hardcover)

By Roddy Doyle, Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)

Arthur A. Levine Books, 9780439815017, 40pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2008

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
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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

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1958, Roddy Doyle has become one of the most renown and celebrated Irish authors of the late twentieth century. Doyl received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Finian's Christian Brothers School in Sutton and went on to University College, Dublin. Upon the completion of his education, Roddy Doyle worked as a Geography and English teacher in Kilbarrack, North Dublin.

Roddy Doyle's adult novel, Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha, a story about a ten-year old boy living Ireland, won Doyle the Booker Prize, the United Kingdom's greatest literary honor.

Roddy Doyle lives in Ireland with his wife, Belinda and their two children. Scotland native Freya Blackwood grew up and currently lives in Orange, NSW, about three and a half hours west of Sydney (Australia). Creativity is in her blood. Her mother, Kay, is a painter and jeweler, and her father, John, is an architect. As her grandfather was also a painter, there was ample influence and encouragement in artistic pursuits as she grew up.
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