Polly MacCauley’s Finest, Divinest, Woolliest Gift of All
Author: Sheree Fitch
Artist: Darka Erdelji
Some called Polly MacCauley a witch, and some called her wise, and because she was so rarely seen, some even called her a figment of everyone else’s imagination. But there were some who believed that she sheared and spun and carded and dyed special wool from a special lamb born long ago, and that she was the maker of many gifts.
From one of Canada’s most loved and lauded children’s writers comes a new tale about the joy of making things, the strength of community, and the warm reach of generosity. This beautifully illustrated storybook blends poetry and prose, infused with Fitch’s trademark wit and playfulness, to tell the story of Polly MacCauley, a bit of a mystery in her community of River John, who spends her time making wondrous things with wool. When Star, a very special lamb, is born on a nearby farm, Polly knows that with Star’s wool she can make her ‘finest, divinest, woolliest gift of all’. But the greedy Count and Countess of far-off Woolland have learned about the lamb’s arrival, too, and are determined to add her to their flock.
Will the good folk of River John join together to see that Star gets to her rightful home? Will Polly be able to finish her masterpiece? Darka Erdelji’s gorgeous illustrations have just the right amount of whimsy, perfectly capturing the spirit of Fitch’s touching yarn.
Divided into nine short sections, this is a grand book to share aloud, or read alone. It will appeal to children of all ages. And to knitters, weavers, spinners and the warm-hearted everywhere.