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Groundwood Books

Percy’s Museum

Written by Sara O'Leary • Illustrated by Carmen Mok

For students in grades P - 2 | Published April 01, 2021 | ISBN 9781773062525
JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Country Life

Cover of Percy’s Museum

Regular price $18.95 CAD

32 pages | 9.375 in × 8.5 in
Print Format

About this book

Percy’s Museum

Sara O'Leary • Carmen Mok

A sweet story about embracing change, the excitement of discovery and the wonder of nature and new friends.

A young boy moves from the city to a new home in the country. He misses his friends, but at least it’s summertime — flowers are blooming, baby birds are hatching, and caterpillars are transforming into butterflies. Enraptured by the natural world, Percy climbs trees, tastes wild strawberries and tries to catch fish in the river with his bare hands.

Percy also likes to draw pictures of what he has seen that day. He collects interesting leaves and rocks, and insects in jars. Percy discovers that being alone doesn’t have to be lonely, but explorers often share their findings. So, he creates a way to share his collection with others …

Percy’s Museum is a sweet story about embracing change, the excitement of discovery and the wonder of nature and new friends.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

About the Creators

Sara O'Leary

Sara O’Leary is a writer of fiction for both adults and children. Her highly acclaimed picture books include Percy’s Museum, illustrated by Carmen Mok; Night Walk, illustrated by Ellie Arscott; A Family Is a Family Is a Family, illustrated by Qin Leng (USBBY Outstanding International Books); and Maud and Grand-Maud, illustrated by Kenard Pak. She has also written This Is Sadie (adapted for the stage for New York City Children’s Theater) and the award-winning series of Henry books, all illustrated by Julie Morstad. Sara writes for children’s animation and teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. Visit

Carmen Mok

Carmen Mok is a studio-art graduate of the University of Waterloo and a craft and design graduate of Sheridan College. She illustrated Violet Shrink by Christine Baldacchino and Grandmother’s Visit by Betty Quan, which was named an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Picture Book Honor title. It was also a finalist for the IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award and an Ontario Library Association Best Bets Honourable Mention. Carmen’s other books include A Stopwatch from Grampa by Loretta Garbutt and Cone Cat by Sarah Howden. She lives in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Awards and Praise

Praise for author Sara O’Leary and illustrator Carmen Mok for Percy's Museum:

"Encouraging and kind." — Kirkus, starred review

"Sweet and reassuring." — Sal's Fiction Addiction Blog

Praise for author Sara O’Leary and illustrator Qin Leng for A Family Is a Family Is a Family:

Commended Toronto Public Library’s First and Best List, 2016
Commended Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2017
Commended USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List, 2017
Commended CBC Best Books, 2016
Shortlisted Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2017
Commended OLA Best Bets Top Ten, 2016

“The broad diversity of family constellations is refreshing … A-plus fabulous.” — Kirkus, starred review

“Leng’s drawings of domestic life are, like O’Leary’s writing, winsome but never sentimental. Together they offer a straightforward, optimistic view of everyday modern life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This book is highly recommended — not just for teachers in the classroom, but parents (and grandparents) in the home.” — Montreal Gazette

“A sweet and tender tale that shows that families are composed of love regardless of how they may be configured.” — School Library Journal, starred review

“Cheerful watercolor illustrations capture the fun and whimsy of this whole cast and make this book a delightful, unsubtle celebration of difference and variety.” — Booklist

“Parents will find this book useful in helping young children understand the different kinds of families they might encounter, while accepting and loving their own.” — Canadian Children's Book News

"Sweet and reassuring." — Sal's Fiction Addiction Blog

Praise for author Betty Quan and illustrator Carmen Mok for Grandmother’s Visit:

Commended Asian/Pacific American Award — Picture Book, 2018-2019
Shortlisted IODE Ontario Jean Throop Book Award, 2019

“Soft, digitally painted illustrations complement and add to this poignant story, which together capture the comfort of closure, tradition, and memory. This is a wistful, tender story recommended for children who are confronting the loss or imminent loss of a loved one.” — School Library Journal

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