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The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer
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The Lonely Book

by Kate Bernheimer

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I wish more librarians and volunteers would read this and know that some of us do still treasure the old, old-fashioned, torn & scuffed books... even if they're missing the last page!  *Please,* if you must cull, at least offer them at a special sale & (ideally) announce it in your newsletter!! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
The purpose of this book is for the reader to remember those certain books that have been forgotten but loved for a long time. This story was meant to be read as a read aloud to the class because it is touching but also relate-able. ( )
  bigkristin | Dec 4, 2014 |
This felt a little too meticulously crafted for maximum tugging-on-heartstrings effect for pragmatic old me to embrace it fully, but my 11yo reader-dreamer daughter thought it was lovely. The illustrations are a super fit for the story, though, and many of us do have a book like this in our childhoods. ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
Oozing with excessive sentimentality but hard for a librarian and bibliophile to dislike this story. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
when books wear out ... ( )
  melodyreads | Jul 13, 2012 |
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Then came a day that the book would remember forever. One morning, it found itself being carried upstairs and placed in the shade of a tree. The book enjoyed the fresh air. All day long people peered down at it with kind faces, and many chidlren picked it up and turned its pages./ Back in Alice's room, the book felt sublime in its always-and-forever home.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375862269, Hardcover)

When a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf. But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story. The book is sent to the library's basement where the other faded books live. How it eventually finds an honored place on a little girl's bookshelf—and in her heart—makes for an unforgettable story sure to enchant anyone who has ever cherished a book. Kate Bernheimer and Chris Sheban have teamed up to create a picture book that promises to be loved every bit as much as the lonely book itself.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:01 -0400)

Once popular, an increasingly shabby library book grows lonely until a young girl rediscovers it, but when it becomes lost again both the book and the girl wonder if they will have a happy ending.

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