Wild Girl and GranAuthor Nan Gregory Illustrated by Ron Lightburn ISBN 9780889952218 Binding Trade Cloth Publisher Red Deer Press Inc Publication Date September 10, 2002 Size 203 x 279 mm
I am a princess in the castle keep.
I am a pirate on the high seas.
I am a cowboy on the lone prairie.
I am a wild girl, alone in my stouthearted tree.
So begins the story of Wild Girl & Gran - a young girl and her grandmother who become companions in imagination, schemers in adventure and free-spirited in friendship. Together they create a whimsical world that is beautifully charmed and safe.
But a shadow falls over this special place when Gran falls ill and leaves the world. Wild Girl does not feel safe or adventurous anymore. One spring day, Wild Girl's mother begins to tell stories about Gran. Wild Girl sees how, together, their love for Gran, and each other, will survive.
Wild Girl & Gran is the hauntingly beautiful tale of how imagination renews the human spirit and how love passes across generations, from mother to daughter, to calm a wild girl's heart and make her adventurous again.
Awards and Nominations
- Winner of the 2001 UNESCO International Youth Library — White Raven Award
- Shortlisted for the 2001 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year — Children's Picturebook
- Resource Links "Best" in Canadian Resources 2001
- IBBY Canada Outstanding Canadian Picture Book 2000-2003
- Canadian Library Association Book of the Year
- Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Citation, Starred selection
- Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration Nomination
- Alberta Children's Book of the Year nomination
- Alberta Book Illustration of the Year nomination
"Outstanding . . . distinguished by Gregory's nuanced, resonant storytelling and depth of feeling. Ron Lightburn's mise en scène paintings richly illuminate the text."
— Quill & Quire, Starred Review
"From the duo responsible for the picture book How Smudge Came. Wild Girl & Gran offers the same sensitivity, high-level text and illustrations, and relevant, important subject matter."
— Globe & Mail
— Today's Parent
"Grandparents should be fairly warned that reading Wild Girl and Gran to their grandchildren in a steady voice will be a challenge."
— Canadian Materials for Young People
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.