I'm thrilled to announce that today is the publication date for EMILY OF DEEP VALLEY by Maud Hart Lovelace, re-issued with love from Harper Perennial. You might remember how I felt about editor Jennifer Hart's invitation to write the foreword to this novel. Here are the first two paragraphs of that foreword:
One Saturday morning when we were new to America, my sister and I walked to the Flushing Public Library, two miles from our apartment. It was my first visit to a library. I wandered through the stacks wide-eyed, fingering spines of unread books like a beggar in a bakery. I could take seven of them home with me! I chose carefully, knowing I'd savor them later on the fire escape, my secret reading sanctuary.So please, please, please, don't hesitate to introduce EMILY to young readers everywhere. Or do yourself a favor and get a copy for you. It's also the release day for CARNEY'S HOUSE PARTY AND WINONA'S PONY CART, with a delightful, inspiring new foreword written by Melissa Wiley. Happy Book Birthday, Maud Hart Lovelace!
It didn't take long to find Maud Hart Lovelace's concoctions. Her classic novels served as a superb orientation for a newcomer eager to understand the history and heritage of a new world. They took me back to the early 1900s, a time when America shared many of the values that resonated in my old-world home, but they also sparkled with timeless humor that made me laugh out loud on the fire escape.