The Van Gogh Cafe

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Harcourt Brace, Jun 1, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 53 pages
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Magic things happen at the Van Gogh Cafe in Flowers, Kansas. No one quite knows why, but people think it's because the cafe building was once a theater. They figure the walls absorbed enough magic during those years of lights and costumes and opening nights to last forever. Ten-year-old Clara is another reason for the magic. She believes anything might happen--and it always does. "Newbery Medalist Rylant breaks new ground in producing this whimsical tale, dextrously weaving extraordinary events into the fabric of ordinary life. As she gently guides her characters toward their magnificent destinies, the strength of her imagination and the depth of her sensitivity will impress even the reluctant reader."-- Publishers Weekly

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User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

This is a great book for an adult to read with a child. So much imagination...so much great little moments (a cat who falls in love with a seagull). The story takes place in a small Kansas cafe called ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stéphanie Wafflart - Goodreads

I know this is a children's book, but I still managed to fall in love with it at 23-years old! I read it once over breakfast and once again that very night. Also, as a gay girl, I think it's nice to see a children's book that has incorporated queer themes. Read full review

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Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University. Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature. She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award. She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes.

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