"A heartwarming message"


—Maria Gianferrari, children's book author



"Such an important book"

 

—Youth Services Book Reviews, Kristin Guay, Centerville Library, MA

 

 

"A sweet and gentle book"


—Andrew King, bookseller, University of Washington



"A touching story. . . [that] will speak to many kids"


—Rosemary Kiladitis, librarian and blogger, NYC

Mama lives Here

Now Dad lives There.

Are Ivan's homes worlds apart, or just a bird's call away?

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Liz Garton Scanlon  "Tamara Ellis Smith does more than tell a lovely, lyrical story — she serves as empathic witness to the love and complexity inherent in growing up in more than one household. It's a work of art but also an act of generosity."
Liz Garton Scanlon, author of Caldecott-honored picture book All The World
Brothers at Bat 

"Tamara Ellis Smith puts her finger directly on the joy and the ache that Ivan's two-home life evokes, with beautiful imagery and an authorial heart that knows a thing or two about childhood longing."
Audrey Vernick, award-winning children's author of Brothers at Bat

 

"A sweet and gentle book on understanding and coping with divorce."
—Andrew King, bookseller, University Book Store, University of Washington 

  

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"A child with newly separated parents grapples with moving back and forth between their homes. . . Appropriately, this isn't a happily-ever-after story but one that offers affirmation and hope for kids navigating parental separation. . . Needed everywhere."
Kirkus Reviews

  "Here and There is a touching story about living as a child in a divorced family. Being taken out of his comfort zone, his home, makes Ivan feel off-balance. . . Here and There will speak to many kids who split their time between two households. The text uses the concepts of "Here" and "There" to explain Ivan's familiarity and initial discomfort as he learns to navigate between his mother's and father's home. The pencil, acrylic paint, and collage artwork presents multiracial characters with soft, gentle facial features." 
—Rosemary Kiladitis, librarian and blogger
Brothers at Bat  "Tamara Ellis Smith puts her finger directly on the joy and the ache that Ivan's two-home life evokes, with beautiful imagery and an authorial heart that knows a thing or two about childhood longing. Smith's book conveys the untethered sense many children experience when shuttled back and forth between their parents' homes, when they feel neither here nor there. But don't worry about Ivan! His love of birds and birdsong and music keeps him grounded and also helps him soar."
Audrey Vernick, award-winning children's author of Brothers at Bat
"This is such an important book for children that are living between the homes of two parents. . . It can be a difficult transition and this book might open up some important conversation. Perfect for children between the ages of three and seven [and for] public and elementary school libraries, preschools, anyone that works with children between the ages of three and seven." 
Youth Services Book ReviewsKristin Guay, Centerville Library, Centerville, MA
Maria Gianferrari "A heartwarming message of acceptance and mindfulness, Here and There is not just a divorce story, but a reminder to be present and appreciate those small moments of joy that ground us. From bird song to guitar tune, Here and There hits all the right notes!"
—Maria Gianferrari, children's book author
Liz Garton Scanlon  "Every reader who's ever gone back and forth from here to there, from Mom's house to Dad's house, with a backpack and a toothbrush, will recognize the ache in this beautiful book, the loss and the frustration, but also the moments of light, surprise and possibility. In Here and There, Tamara Ellis Smith does more than tell a lovely, lyrical story-she serves as empathic witness to the love and complexity inherent in growing up in more than one household. It's a work of art but also an act of generosity."
—Liz Garton Scanlon, author of Caldecott-honored picture book All The World

SEPARATION STORY

This compassionate portrayal of a child with separated parents offers children in similar situations a much-needed mirror, while providing other children a way to empathize with their friends' experiences.

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING 

By finding a creative means of coping with a new situation, Ivan demonstrates an open-minded, hopeful willingness to learn and grow that will inspire children to take initiative and to problem-solve.

LOVE OF NATURE

Ivan's intuitive connection with birds and delight in their songs will reinforce children's curiosity about the natural world and charm budding ornithologists.



Tamara Ellis Smith grew up in a lot of different states. But no matter where she lived, she enjoyed spending time reading in the woods. She studied at Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of Another Kind of Hurricane, one of Bank Street’s Best Books of the Year 2015. She currently resides in Vermont with her husband and four children.



Evelyn Daviddi was born in Capri Modena, Italy. At age seven, she decided to become an artist, and she has done exactly that! She studied at the European Institute of Design in Milan and has illustrated over fifteen books now including Here and There.

Look inside Here and There with the author,
Tamara Ellis Smith!

     
     

  

Here and There 

A young boy, Ivan, experiences the early stages of his parents’ separation and finds hope in the beauty and music of nature. This tale of personal growth will provide a much-needed mirror for children in times of change  and an important reminder for all that there’s beauty everywhere you look.

AVAILABLE MARCH 2019

AGES 3 - 8  | 32PP | 8.5 x 10.8IN

HARDCOVER | 9781782857419 | $16.99 USD
PAPERBACK | 9781782857426 | $8.99 USD

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