Johsnon and his sister, Beebee, seem to be all alone in the world. Their mama has gone away many times before, but something tells them that this time she won’t be coming back. Then a social worker comes and takes them to meet their Aunt Gracie. Beebee barely remembers her, and Mama never even told Johnson about her. They wonder where she’s been all this time–and why she would want to take care of them. Warily, though, the children begin to trust Aunt Gracie. And in the process, they come to a better understanding of what it means to be a family.
Jon J Muth’s enchanting picture books include his Caldecott Honor Book <i>Zen Shorts</i> and four companion books featuring Stillwater, Koo, and their wonderful young friends. His book <i>The Three Questions</i>, based on a short story by Tolstoy, was called “quietly life-changing” by <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>. And <i>The Horn Book</i> called Jon’s <i>Stone Soup</i> “delicious and satisfying.” His exquisitely beautiful books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are cherished by readers of all ages. Jon lives in New York State with his wife and their four children.