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Hardcover Book Details
  • 12/2014
  • 9780615807492
  • pages
  • $15.95
The Tiny Portrait
Heidi Carla, author
The Tiny Portrait is a fun and unique children's picture/gift book on the theme of genealogy. The story centers around two siblings who discover a tintype portrait of a Victorian ancestor in the family's Memory Box. Their discovery leads them on an imaginative adventure to uncover her identity. "The Tiny Portrait" encourages children to want to trace their own family tree. It has original photo illustrations and is a small curio-size book for all ages. "The Tiny Portrait" won a 2015 Mom's Choice Gold Award and was named Finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Reviews
In a small-format book featuring sepia photographs, siblings Tess and Toby discover an enigmatic portrait of a woman holding a small dog—it’s labeled “Lottie and Pearl, 1890”—in their mother’s box of family mementos. The next morning, they see apparitions of the woman and dog in their garden (Lottie appears in a dreamlike, soft-focus photo). When Lottie vanishes, in her place is a piece of paper with a poem: “Adventure beckons beyond the tree,/ Now that Pearl and I are free.” In search of the phantoms, Tess and Toby go to the library, where they learn about family trees, and an antique store. While subtly encouraging readers to explore their own genealogical roots, Carla allows the gentle magic of the siblings’ quest to drive the story. Tess and Toby are saddened to see Lottie and Pearl board a train leaving town, but Tess realizes that learning about Lottie’s adventurous life from her mother means “she didn’t lose her great grandaunt, she only just discovered her!” Cinquanta’s ghostly photographs, which use techniques including photomontage and hand-coloring, infuse the narrative with mystery and nostalgia. Ages 4–8. (BookLife)
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By J. Chambers
HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
November 13, 2014

Format: Hardcover

The story began when young Tess and her brother Toby were rummaging through their mother's memory box and discovered a diary, some old picture postcards, and a little tintype portrait of a woman and her dog. The portrait, which was labeled "Lottie and Pearl, 1890," was the most intriguing of the items, even more so a few hours later when Tess noticed that the image of the woman and her dog was fading away. (Remember the fading McFly family portrait in Back to the Future?) When the woman and her dog suddenly appeared in Tess and Toby's yard, things got even more intriguing. Little did Tess and Toby realize at the time what an adventure they were about to embark on.

In following the woman around their town and trying to learn her identity, Tess and Toby were introduced to genealogy and family trees, and tintypes, a 19th century photographic process. As the two youngsters followed the mysterious lady, they found short poems containing enigmatic clues to her identity and her ultimate destination. Were the fleeting glimpses of Lottie and her dog for real, or were the kids' sightings of her only in their imagination? And did it really matter, as long as the two children learned something about who they were on their journey of self-discovery?

With the superb photographic illustrations complementing the story perfectly, the Tiny Portrait is a splendid story for children and grownups alike. The story may help to spark children's interest in their own family history, and perhaps they'll even want to take another look at those old family photos again.

News
01/06/2015
The Tiny Portrait is a 2015 Mom's Choice Gold Award Winner

The Tiny Portrait has been named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. 

Award Details:
The Tiny Portrait
Children's Picture Books: Family Life
Gold

05/07/2015
The Tiny Portrait named 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist

The Tiny Portrait has been named a Finalist in the Children's Picture (7 year's & up) category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Formats
Hardcover Book Details
  • 12/2014
  • 9780615807492
  • pages
  • $15.95

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