Aunt Pearl

Title

Aunt Pearl

Authors

Monica Kulling

Illustrator

Irene Luxbacher

Publisher

Groundwood Books

Publication Year

2019

ISBN

9781773061535

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Aunt Pearl arrives one day pushing a shopping cart full of her worldly goods. Her sister Rose has invited her to come live with her family. Six-year-old Marta is happy to meet her aunt, who takes her out to look for treasure on garbage day, and who shows her camp group how to decorate a coffee table with bottle caps. But almost immediately, Pearl and Rose start to clash ― over Pearl’s belongings crammed into the house, and over Rose’s household rules. As the weeks pass, Pearl grows quieter and more withdrawn, until, one morning, she is gone. Acclaimed author Monica Kulling brings sensitivity to this story about homelessness, family and love, beautifully illustrated in Irene Luxbacher’s rich collage style.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

AD540L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Homelessness; Single parent; single mother

Main Character

female child; male child

Race/Ethnicities

White / Caucasian

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2019, Nominee, Fiction Picture Book

Keywords

siblings; brother and sister; summer camp

Diversity Impact

direct

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