A Graphic Novel by Irene N. Watts and Kathryn E Shoemaker
Black and white images softly drawn. Shaded background. Any white is the word balloons, letters or aprons. Marianne arrives in London on the Kindertransport and is taken in by Mrs. and Mr. Abercrombie-Jones who were looking for an older child to be a second domestic in their home. They insist on calling her Mary Anne, and yet correct her when she mispronounces their names. They do send her to school where she makes friends. The painfulness of British anti-Semitism from schoolmates, caretakers, teachers and neighbours is scratched into the background of the narrative like the hatching in each frame. Marianne does make good friends in school who move on as she does when the London schools are evacuated–she goes to Wales where a couple hope that Mairi will replace their daughter who recently died. While the prejudices are not absent in Wales, the kindly Mr. Evans, guides Marianne through Llanelli. The end is too easy, but hopeful.
A small thrill ran through me when I saw that one of the books on Miyazaki’s list is Swallows and Amazons.
Here’s the list.
Here’s the interview.
Peter Dickinson the author of around 60 books, has died at the age of 88. He is a children’s book author, fantasist and mystery writer.
I read The Changes years ago, and then later on read Eva, AK and Tulku, before discovering some of his adult mysteries. He has such a fluent imagination. HE’s one of those writers who keeps working year after year, and none of the books I have read have not been worth reading.
New York Times
School Library Journal
I probably did read some of these as reading books, but for us, my brothers and sister and I, these were the first history books we read. I think of them as 50 pages long with 25 illustrations, and I wonder how the Englishness of them skewed my early reading of history. Still I learned a lot and had some background. My rel favourites were the ones on the history of football, cricket as well as a whole series on the different monarchs and historical periods. There are still a good number of them on the shelves at my parents’ house.
This is prompted by an article on the English at Reading Blog