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edition:eBook
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category: Children's Fiction
published: Feb 2021
ISBN:9781772033526
publisher: Heritage House Publishing

Painted Fences

by Sara Cassidy, illustrated by Sydney Barnes

tagged: multigenerational, military & wars
Description

A charming and evocative story within a story, exploring themes of wartime resourcefulness, local history, friendship, and the reverberations of the past in the present day.

On a beautiful spring day in Victoria’s James Bay neighbourhood, eight-year-old Esther takes a walk with her great-grandfather on his birthday. On the same street and the same date, but seventy-five years earlier, two enterprising young boys go door to door offering to give people’s fences a fresh coat of paint so that they can earn a few extra cents in an era of wartime austerity.

These parallel timelines converge as Esther’s great-grandfather pauses to show her an old fence with multi-coloured layers of peeling paint. He recognizes the avocado-green layer that he painted with his friend one spring day, way back in 1945—an unforgettable birthday that ended up being V-E Day, when the Allies defeated the Nazis in World War II. Through whimsical illustrations and vivid characters, this simple story shows how a pivotal event in history affects ordinary people and brings generations closer together.

About the Authors
Sara Cassidy is the author of over a dozen books for young readers, including The Great Googlini (named by Kirkus as one of the Best Middle-Grade Books of 2018) and A Boy Named Queen (a Junior Library Guild selection and included on several “Best Books of 2016” lists). Her books have received numerous accolades, starred reviews, and been shortlisted for multiple awards such as the Silver Birch Express, the Chocolate Lily, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, and the Diamond Willow Award. For more information, visit saracassidywriter.com.

Sydney Barnes is an illustrator and graphic designer with a life-long passion for books. She holds a Master of Publishing degree from Simon Fraser University and runs a freelance design business called SJBarnes Design. For more information, visit sjbarnes.com.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 8
Grade:
p to 3

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