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About the Author
Sara Varon is a graphic novelist and children's book author/illustrator living in Chicago. She is the author of Robot Dreams, which has been adapted into an Oscar-nominated animated feature film. Her other books include Odd Duck, Bake Sale, New Shoes, Hold Hands, My Pencil and Me, and the Detective Sweet Pea series. Her work has received many accolades--among others, Hold Hands was named a Best Children's Book of 2019 by the New York Times; Odd Duck was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Children's Books of 2013; Bake Sale was chosen as a YALSA Great Graphic Novel of 2012; and Robot Dreams was on Oprah's Kids' Reading List in 2008. In 2013, Sara was a recipient of the Sendak Fellowship.
"Cheerful, chunky-outlined illustrations reminiscent of Varon's graphic-novel art make this picture book solidly appealing for early elementary school students. Each moment is endearing, with gobs of visual interest and opportunities for conversation starters about feelings and school memories. A loving tribute to the efforts of hardworking educators." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Berry highlights the patience and care that the teacher puts into her relationship with her students through endearing poetry. This book is great for students who are having a hard time at the end of the school year, and could be a useful tool for talking about change, emotions, and school memories. This upbeat story serves as a tribute to the endurance of educators. Great for school and public library collections." -- School Library Journal