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Once Upon a Memory

Written by Nina Laden and illustrated by Renata Liwska
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Does a feather remember it once was a bird? Does a book remember it once was a word? When a feather drifts through a child’s window, a magical journey begins. As the boy follows the feather, he is swept away to a world filled with adorable animals, where fantasy and reality come together in surprising and playful ways. From the cake that once was grain to the ocean that once was rain, whimsical “before” and “after” scenes offer readers a peek at the world as seen through the eyes of a curious child, ultimately asking the question, “What will you remember?” Nina Laden’s poetic and cleverly woven text is perfectly paired with bestselling artist Renata Liwska’s captivating illustrations. Together they create a story that will keep readers enchanted long after the journey has ended.

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom, Avid Reader, Austen Fangirl

So sweet, calm and peaceful, this reflective book combines soft illustrations and thoughtful questions to remind us of where things began and the infinite potential of small things.

English Degree, Former SAHM, Grammy Extraordinare
B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt

This is such a sweet book. I love that it shows where things came from or started, and also love that this book prompts you to think about the potential in things and people around you. I particularly like one of the last pages, after the story ends, when it asks, “What are some of your favorite things to remember?”

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Who Wrote Once Upon a Memory

Nina Laden

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Who Illustrated Once Upon a Memory

Renata Liwska

Renata Liwska has been drawing for as long as she can remember. She is the author/illustrator of Little Panda and Red Wagon and the illustrator of Places to Be by Mac Barnett; Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold; the New York Times bestseller The Quiet Book and its companions, The Loud Book, and The Christmas Quiet Book; Once Upon a Memory; and Doreen Cronin’s Boom Snot Twitty. She lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband.

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Publication Date:
December 3, 2013