Publication Date: January 23, 2018
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Ages 4 to 8
From the author-artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground comes a breathtaking new book with a powerful message about the environment—about a lonely digger in an industrial world who finds a flower, an encounter that ends up changing his whole world.
Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push.
But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.
This beautifully spare story has a powerful message of friendship and environmentalism.
“Kuefler imbues the text with the heart and soul of the best storytime fare… One couldn’t hope for a better tale of rebirth and regeneration” -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Kuefler’s simply written and beautifully illustrated tale has a powerful message about the importance of the environment...A wonderful, inspiring tale, perfect for read-alouds.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“The image of the clunky piece of construction equipment tenderly caring for the fragile plant gives the story charm, and so do its strong, simple images.” -Publishers Weekly
Praise for RULERS OF THE PLAYGROUND: “Children struggling with tyrants (or the impulse to dictate) will find both laughter and comfort in Kuefler’s playground, full of recognizable experiences, faces, and feelings....winning satire for the jungle-gym set.” -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Praise for RULERS OF THE PLAYGROUND: “[A] playful lesson in camaraderie and social etiquette” -Booklist
Praise for BEYOND THE POND: “A witty, auspicious debut…[with] echoes of Jon Klassen and Wes Anderson.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Praise for BEYOND THE POND: “[A] tale of transformation and wonder…reminiscent of Sendak’s Max and his Wild Things.” -School Library Journal
Praise for BEYOND THE POND: “This lovely picture book is a tribute to imagination and the wonder in everyday spaces…will resonate with young readers.” -Booklist