Anna-Magdalena: the little girl with the big name
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On the front of BfK this month is the cover of Yesterday by Adèle Geras. The artwork is by Carolyn Piggford. This book is one from the 'Teenage Memoirs' series published by Walker (see the article, All Their Yesterdays, in this issue) and Adèle, of course, is the subject of our Authorgraph - see centre-spread. Our thanks to Walker Books for their help in using this illustration.
Anna-Magdalena could be anything from four to eight years old and certainly endears herself to children in that age range. The ten tales chronicle realistic and major happenings, such as making new friends, having a new Dad and baby brother, learning to swim and more. But it's the credibility of Anna-Magdalena's reactions and how she copes with her fears and disappointments which make this such a warm experience. Kay Kinnear achieves a fine balance of humour and tenderness, and has created a character about whom readers will want to know more. The illustrations complement the text perfectly.