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January 26, 2012

Our Best Book of the library haul: Sarah Garland's books

Still not sure where Sarah Garland has been all my life… An author/illustrator whose texts are not terribly interesting, but whose illustrations are so rich and jumbled with the stuff of every day life. Those of us who adore Shirley Hughes will find much to love in Garland’s “Coming and Going Series,” simple stories of ordinary adventures like going to the local pool, to playgroup, or having friends over for a cup of tea outside (until the rain comes and washes the party away). The houses are untidy, Mums are unravelled and pear-shaped, someone’s always putting on a cup of tea, and they live in a cottage and have an aga! (Yes, be still my English-fetishizing heart.) There is a certain vagueness to the plots which allows little people to project themselves right into the stories, and indeed, Harriet loves these books as much as I do. We’re besotted.

Check out an interview Garland did in The Guardian when her books were republished in 2007.

One thought on “Our Best Book of the library haul: Sarah Garland's books”

  1. Liz says:

    Yes! I love these books–they give me some rich comfort as a parent. It’s possible I love them more than my kids do.

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