How Smudge CameAuthor Nan Gregory Illustrated by Ron Lightburn ISBN 9780889951617 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Red Deer Press Inc Publication Date January 14, 2003 Size 279 x 229 mm
In the home where Cindy lives, no dogs are allowed, so she must bundle puppy up when she goes to work as a cleaning woman in the Hospice. One patient is so blind with illness that he can barely see the dog; it looks like a smudge.
But, oh, how nice to hold the puppy. What is Cindy to do? How will she care for Smudge?
How Smudge Came was made into an award winning television movie and became an international best seller.
previous children's picture books include the international best-seller How Smudge Came and the critically acclaimed Wild Girl and Gran. Nan Gregory is a professional storyteller and has performed in schools, libraries, hospitals, parks and theatres, at conferences and festivals, and from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh. Her career has taken her across Canada and to the United States, Japan and New Zealand.
is an internationally renowned illustrator of books for children. He has currently completed a picture book, Wild Girl and Gran by Nan Gregory. He has collaborated with Nan Gregory once before, on the award-winning How Smudge Came. His illustrations in the picture book Waiting for the Whales earned him the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Illustration, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration and the Elizabeth Mrazik Cleaver Picture Book Award.
Awards and Nominations
- Winner of the 1996 Mr. Christie Book Award
- Winner of the 1996 Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
- Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Citation
"Beautiful sense of fragility, steadfastness, and connection. . . a wonderful ending, both surprising and convincing."
— Booklist Starred Review
"Touching. . . hopeful. . . . Lightburn's softly colored pencil drawings are simple and stunning."
— Toronto Star
"The illustrations add color, texture and depth to a most memorable story."
— American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
"A book that will satisfy readers on many different levels."
— Small Press
"A beautiful story, lovingly told and illustrated."
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