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Crown Publishers, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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The somber, hard-working people of an isolated town on the plains ply
through life in the drabbest of gray clothes--until, in the linings of their
pockets, they begin to discover lavishly embroidered pictures of far-away
places, sewn there by a mysterious young woman who has recently arrived and
taken up work as the town's seamstress. Exploring these stitched visions--of
proud ships and sparkling oceans, of golden towers and distant cities, of
buccaneers, sea serpents, and gold--the austere townspeople find themselves
transformed. A husband and wife suddenly fall in love again, brightly colored
flags appear on rooftops, houses are painted in azure and crimson, dances are
"Pockets" is Jennifer Armstrong's tale of people made new by their
imaginations, and of the mysterious young seamstress who brings this about. Her
luxurious storytelling is equaled by the rich palette and exuberance of Mary
GrandPré 's illustrations.

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User Review  - amoore1 - LibraryThing

A woman in an unfamiliar town takes on a job sewing. She wants to sew intricate designs and beautiful works but the people of the village told her, "We are plain folk." They did not want any of that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cynthia - Goodreads

Beautiful story told primarily through the illustrations, done by Mary GrandPres, the illustrator for the American Harry Potter books. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Ever since the first grade, Jennifer Armstrong knew that she would become an author. She loved making up stories and sharing them with others. Her family treasured books and this led her to become an avid reader of all types of fiction. It was no surprise when she chose to study English and American Literature at Smith College in Massachusetts.

Armstrong is the author of over 50 books for children from kindergarten through high school. Best known for writing historical fiction, she has also been successful in
creating picture books, easy readers, chapter books, young adult novels, as well as nonfiction.

Armstrong, who grew up outside of New York City, now lives with her husband, Jim Kunstler, and their three dogs in Saratoga Springs, New York. Kunstler is also an author, and he ser

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