by Sarah Stewart
Illustrations by David Small
This is a neat picturebook where both the illustrations and text are needed to tell the whole story. The author uses a few well-chosen sentences to tell what happens each month to the tree in Mrs. McGillicuddy’s yard (and all the people that show up looking for money), and the artistic watercolours that dress Miss McGillicuddy in another era bring to mind a cottage in the English countryside with its open hearth, quilting, gardening, and kite-flying. No moral is spelled out for the readers—kids will have to talk about the contrast they see in the pictures between Miss McGillicuddy’s simple life and those hungry for money!
Available from public libraries