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Joyce, Williiam.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012
IL K-3, RL 3.8

(2 booktalks)
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Booktalk #1

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books. He is very happy. One day a terrifying hurricane blows all he loves away. He is left in a strange colorless land. Morris aimlessly wanders until he comes upon a lovely lady who is being pulled along by flying books. She gives Morris her favorite book. This book befriends Morris and leads him to a library filled with extraordinary stories. Morris’ world is filled with color again as he takes care of the books and they take care of him. Morris shares his books with others and even writes his own. Eventually Morris passes his story and his love of books to a new young caretaker. This book began as an award winning wordless animated film. There is also an app which creates Morris’ amazing world. 
(Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award nominee, 2014)

Booktalk #2

In this amusing adventure of an ending, a beginning and so on, a tornado hits Morris Lessmore’s home and he is lost until he sees a lady floating by with a lot of books like balloons. She gives him a flying book that shows him the way to a huge library where he becomes the caretaker of the books and eventually writes his own book. He spends his days reading, repairing and sharing books with others. Months and years pass until we see the full circle of the story and we understand that everyone’s story matters and that sometimes an ending is just the beginning.    (South Carolina Picture Book Award, 2015.  Prepared by: Katherine Altman, Saluda Elementary School,

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