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Tumbleweed Baby

Anna Myers, Charles Vess (Illustrator)


List Price: 16.95*
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A large, loving family in the 1930s Dust Bowl finds a “tumbleweed baby”—a wild baby—in the plains near their cozy farm home. The baby’s new siblings discover the ways she fits and doesn’t fit into the family, ultimately deciding that her wildness makes her one of them. The rhythm and voice of the text make this feel like a classic tall tale, and it pairs perfectly with the dreamy, warm art from master illustrator Charles Vess.

Praise For Tumbleweed Baby

"An adoption story, a feral child story, a foundling story, a child-of-difference story—perhaps any and all of these; certainly wise and full of delight."
— Kirkus Reviews

"The characters are warm and likable, and the interaction among siblings is realistically appealing. Vess’s beautifully drawn artwork created in ink and colored pencil adds a higher level of emotion to a sweet tale of family life."
— Amy Shepherd, St. Anne’s Episcopal School, Middleton, DE

"Images of dirt fields and blue skies capture the aura of mystery and hopefulness of this strange country tale."
— Publishers Weekly

"Lots of humor here and lots of love."
— Lolly Gepson

Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9781419712326, 32pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

About the Author

Anna Myers is the author of many middle-grade historical novels, including The Keeping Room, Assassin, and Tulsa Burning. She lives in Oklahoma.

Charles Vess is the illustrator of many picture books and graphic novels, including Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman and The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint. He lives in Virginia.