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Silent Observer

Written and Illustrated by Christy MacKinnon


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A Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

An American Booksellers Magazine Pick-of-the-List

“MacKinnon’s endearing pictures are clearly straight from the heart.”

--Publishers Weekly

“The text reads like a diary, lending authenticity and charm to MacKinnon’s anecdotal stories of growing up in 19th-century Nova Scotia. A unique offering.”

--School Library Journal

Rendered in lovely, full-color illustrations, Silent Observer traces the early life of author Christy MacKinnon in Nova Scotia at the turn of the century. Born in 1889, the author lost her hearing from “the Winter fever” at the age of two. Her story tells of a simple, charming life on her family’s farm by the bay and in the schoolhouse where her father taught her in their hometown of Boisdale.

Silent Observer is an affectionate, poignant memoir of childhood as seen through the eyes of a vivacious young girl. Teachers, parents, and children will share in their enjoyment of this beautiful, sensitive story of a harder but wonderful time that has passed.

Christy MacKinnon, an illustrator for F.A.O. Schwarz in New York City, retired in 1948 to Natick, MA, where she painted her childhood stories until her death in 1981.

ISBN 978-1-56368-022-9, 11 x 8 ½ hardcover, 48 pages, full-color illustrations


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