Friday, September 4, 2009

Book Treasure

Three small packages arrived yesterday, each with two books inside. The first package contained the Korean edition of Love That Dog, a sweet, handsomely produced volume with occasional small illustrations in black line on yellow background:
The second package contained the Korean edition of Walk Two Moons, also handsomely done, with a Korean version of the Newbery Medal on the front, and a tiny crescent moon at the bottom of the last page of each chapter.  I tried to get a photo of that tiny moon, but couldn't capture it clearly.

And finally, the third package contained the new baby:  The Unfinished Angel, due out on September 22.

The real book!  At last!  I love its trim size (about 5-1/2 by 7-1/2) and its slenderness (164 pages). To me, this is a perfect sized book, fitting comfortably in my hands, and the perfect sized story, with no room for wordiness.

And so I take some time to be grateful for all the people who made my stories into books: the editor, designer, artist, copy editors, production team, publishers, translators, and more, there are always more who believe in books.


  1. Oh, happy, happy day! What wonderful packages to receive. It really does take a village to make a book, doesn't it.

  2. Now that you're on twitter, do you want a twitter book party for THE UNFINISHED ANGEL? Let me know.

  3. Hi Sharon. I was so happy to come across your blog. I love your books. Love That Dog is my favorite. I use it every April as my introduction to poetry unit with my 6th graders. I always get a few lovers of poetry converts after reading that book (I was one of them).

    I can't wait to read your new book - especially after seeing the picture of the setting. I lived in Europe for a few years and visited Switzerland quite a few times. That picture makes me want to go back! :o)

  4. Brattcat, yes, you will know this sort of happy day.
    Mitali, I'll check out twitter book parties. I think you are the Queen of Twitter, yes?
    Beth, thanks so much; Bloomability also has a Swiss setting. Like your blog, too.

  5. WOW! A Korean version of Walk Two Moons, that's awesome. I have read two of your books for my reading class and absolutely loved them. And I was looking on your website and found your blog. I love to write and your an inspiration :)