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Groundwood Books

The Old Woman

Written by Joanne Schwartz • Illustrated by Nahid Kazemi

For kids 4 - 8 years old | Published September 29, 2020 | ISBN 9781773062112

Cover of The Old Woman

Regular price $18.95 CAD

36 pages | 11 in × 8.125 in
Print Format

Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

The Old Woman

Joanne Schwartz • Nahid Kazemi

The Old Woman is a beautiful portrait of an old woman who lives contentedly with her dog, from award-winning author Joanne Schwartz and illustrator Nahid Kazemi.

An old woman shares her home with a scruffy old dog, her best friend and constant companion.

One fall day, they go for a walk and the woman throws sticks for the dog. She loves hearing the autumn leaves under her feet and the wind in the trees. She looks up at a crow in the sky and imagines what it might feel like to fly. As the wind comes up and the light begins to fade, she remembers playing outside as a child, never wanting to go in. Suddenly she notices a stunning harvest moon against the darkening sky. The next morning, as she sits outside to watch the sun rise, she looks forward to spending a new day with her friend.

Gentle illustrations accompany this portrayal of an elderly person who lives peaceably with her dog, appreciating what each moment brings.

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.

Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

About the Author

Joanne Schwartz

Joanne Schwartz is an author and children’s librarian at the Toronto Public Library who has a special interest in picture books. She lives with her two daughters in Toronto, Ontario.

Nahid Kazemi

Awards and Praise

Kazemi’s exquisite chalk-and-pastel illustrations are the perfect medium for this gentle story.

  • Commended Globe 100 Favourite Books, 2020
  • Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year — Books for Young People, 2020
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