By Sue Farrell Holler

To the Post Office with Mama

Picture Book | Illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis
Published by Annick Press

A daily walk to the post office in a small town is always fun, but it’s especially delightful when Mama isn’t in a hurry. There are so many interesting things to see, hear, and do – bright-coloured grain elevators, a train, a school bus with a honking horn – all of it done with someone you love by your side.

 

  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” Award
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The most attractive of Annick’s regularly priced paperbacks is To the Post Office with Mama, by Sue Farrell; drawings by Robin Baird Lewis. These two gifted women have turned a simple walk to mail a letter into a haunting, deeply moving study of a toddler’s enthrallment by winter, and a mother’s love. This one will (rightly) sell millions.

– Allan Gould, Thomson News Service

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The overall feel of this book, in both narrative and the illustrations, is one of trust. The hand holding, playfulness, helping each other – all examples of physical and emotional closeness – depict a gentle, loving relationship between child and mother.

– Canadian Materials

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Annick Press has a valuable tradition of publishing books that present a toddler’s world, domestic and quotidian, with a buoyancy and freshness that can only come from a genuine familiarity with and respect for small children. To the Post Office with Mama is firmly in that tradition. Sue Farrell’s words (capture) a child’s innate poetry.

– Sarah Ellis, Q&Q

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