Sister Anne's Hands
From the first day of second grade, Sister Anne lights up Anna's classroom. But it's the early 60s and not everyone in Anna's small town is ready to accept Sister. How she deals with this and the profound impact she has on her students is at the heart of a touching, timeless tale about the virtue of tolerance and how a teacher can change a child's life. Marybeth Lorbiecki's universal story -- based on a childhood experience -- is both funny and poignant. Her spare, accessible text, alongside Wendy Popp's sun-drenched pastels, is a moving journey for those who remember the 60s and those who don't. Marybeth Lorbiecki also wrote two other books for Dial, "Just One Flick of a Finger ," a Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year, and "My Palace of Leaves in Sarajevo." K. Wendy Popp illustrated two previous picture books. Reviewers have said her work is "fabulous" ( "USA Today" ), with "an other-worldly quality" ( "Booklist" ). Marybeth Lorbiecki lives in Hudson, Wisconsin. K. Wendy Popp lives in Larchmont, New York.