Someone Like Me (Hardcover)
If you were a little girl
who listened to stories
over and over and over;
and who read books
even as her mother led her across the street,
You might be me,
Follow a little girl in acclaimed writer Patricia MacLachlan's semi-autobiographical picture book, Someone Like Me. Filled with gorgeous and thoughtful illustrations by Chris Sheban, learn what it might take to grow up to become a writer.
A Neal Porter Book
Patricia MacLachlan (1938-2022) was the award-winning author of many novels for children, including the Newbery Medal and Scott O’Dell Award-winning Sarah, Plain and Tall, which was adapted into a Hallmark television movie starring Glenn Close and Christopher Walken. She co-wrote the teleplay for the film as well as for two sequels, Skylark and Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter’s End, based on her novels.
Honored with a Christopher Award and a National Humanities Medal among many others, MacLachlan was also the author of Baby, Waiting for the Magic, The Truth of Me, and the picture books Someone Like Me (illustrated by Chris Sheban), and The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse (illustrated by Hadley Hooper).
Chris Sheban won the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators for his radiant illustrations in THE STORY OF A SEAGULL AND THE CAT WHO TAUGHT HER TO FLY by Luis Sepulveda. His artwork has also graced the covers of several award-winning novels, as well as picture books. He lives in Northbrook, Illinois.
*"MacLachlan journeys through her past—a girl who read constantly, climbed trees, and tried “to teach her dog to talk by moving his lips like hers”—to see what made her the person she became, who “writes about talking dogs/ and chickens who scratch stories in the dirt.” Sheban’s scenes are bathed in golden light, and his faded palette and soft textures evoke a spare upbringing: simple clothing, old cars, a worn-out suitcase."—Publsihers Weekly, starred review
*"Lovely scenes are balanced with amusing ones, giving this expressive picture book its irresistible, down-to-earth charm."—Booklist, starred review
"When does someone truly learn the gift of writing and storytelling? Newbery Medalist MacLachlan takes her trademark elegant writing to the picture-book level with this semiautobiographical charmer."—Kirkus Reviews