Mr. Nick and Mrs. Jolley knit and laugh together every morning on the train to the city as they watch the passing sights. When Mrs. Jolley becomes ill and must be hospitalized, Mr. Nick knits for seven days and seven nights to make a delightful wall hanging for her room. “Wild’s warm story, full of friendship and everyday pleasures, is matched by Huxley’s utterly charming art.”-Booklist
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Margaret Wild is a children's book editor as well as an acclaimed writer for children. She currently lives in Australia.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2-- A story which explores the depth of true friendship. Mr. Nick and Mrs. Jolley, the best of friends, knit all the way to the city on the train. Then one morning Mrs. Jolley fails to appear, and Mr. Nick learns that she is in the hospital. After visiting sad Mrs. Jolley in her empty white room, Mr. Nick knits nonstop for seven days and seven nights, and presents his friend with a patchwork quilt. The next day, while Mr. Nick knits on the train, Mrs. Jolley does the same in the hospital, all the while enjoying the sights from the train as lovingly recreated by her friend. Huxley's framed watercolors point up the contrasts implied in Wild's text. The hospital is stark and somewhat frightening, especially when the dejected Mrs. Jolley is viewed from above in her bare, white room. On the other hand, the commuter train is a bright, bustling place where the other passengers, from school boys to chic business women, take great interest in the knitters' projects. Broad, flattish faces may remind adults of Fernando Botero, but Huxley's people are much more active and friendly. Details such as Mr. Nick's yarns intertwined with typewriter ribbons and his spaghetti dinner abound. Although Mrs. Jolley's recovery is only hinted at, her rising spirits make for a hopeful ending. A good choice for early independent readers as well as for preschool read-aloud groups. --Jeanne Marie Clancy, Upper Merion Township Library, King of Prussia, PA
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