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Out of the Everywhere Cdn ed /hc

by Jan Andrews
illustrated by Simon Ng

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anthologies, emigration & immigration
list price: $24.95
published: 2000
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Maria's Gift

How far is it from a rugged island in Greece to a coal-mining village in the Rocky Mountains? Farther than Maria could have imagined. More carts and boats and ships and trains and wagons and weeks of traveling than she could ever have dreamed.

And why had they made the journey? Maria did not know the answer. She knew tha in Greece they had been poor. She knew her father had said they must leave to find their fortune, but it seemed to her that if the family was better off all, it was by little indeed.

Maria's mother had died on the journey. Now Marial was the mother ot her brothers and sisters in their small shack. Each day she made her father's breakfast and a lunch for him to carry. She watched him set out with the other men toward the mine. Then she busied herself, doing what she could to raise the young ones.

She cooked and cleaned. She stitched and tended. Her life was hard. Somehow, however, she was not unhappy, for the mountains seemed to welcome her and she loved them. In summer, whenever there was some time with no work to be done, she would take the children to the high meadows and wander with them by the streams. In winter she would go outside and gaze toward the peaks.

As well she had her father's stories--the ones he told faithfully each evening no matter how tired he was from toiling with shovel and pick. They were the stories he had brought with him, and they made everyone feel better.

"You see!" he would say when the stories were finished. "There are such things as happy endings."

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Editorial Reviews

The high production quality of this book and its variety of well-told tales makes this a worthy addition to any folklore collection.

— Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

The characters are memorable and the lessons they learn are valuable.

— Brandon Sun

With its strong plots and pithy content, this is an excellent storybook for 6 to 10 year olds.

— Toronto Star

...the stories are poignant and filled with wisdom.

— Book Links

The narratives are swift and taut and occasionally wink playfully at the reader.

— Horn Book
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About the Authors

Jan Andrews

The author of numerous books, including The Auction, The Very Last First Time, and When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew, which won the Silver Birch Express Award, Jan Andrews received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture as a children's writer and pioneer of Canada's storytelling movement. She died in 2017.
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Simon Ng

Simon Ng was born in Brunei and immigrated to Toronto as a teenager. His illustrations have appeared in many North American newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe and the New York Times Magazine. His books include Out of the Everywhere: Tales for a New World by Jan Andrews and Tales from Gold Mountain by Paul Yee, which has been named a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book and the Parent's Choice Honor Book as well as winning the Violet Downey Book Award and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Book Prize. Simon Ng lives in Toronto.
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