Regina Hanson

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Illustration copyright © 1997 by Linda Saport

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ISBN: 0395786258

The Face at the Window

Winner of the Américas Award for Children’s Literature

Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year

Selected as Outstanding by Parent Council ®

Winner of the Children’s Book Award of the Colorado Authors’ League

Certificate of Recognition for compassionate treatment of the subject of mental illness in literature, from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill--Boulder County


Miss Nella has strange and scary ways, and Dora is ready to believe her friends when they say that something bad happens to anyone who sees Miss Nella’s face. A glimpse of Miss Nella at her window sets in motion this compassionate, evocatively illustrated story.

In the luminous setting of contemporary Jamaica, West Indies, Regina Hanson offers a vivid, reassuring story about the rift mental illness imposes between people, and how the gift of kindness can work to bridge this distance.

“The narrative’s lilt and the strict adherence to Dora’s point of view give the tale much of its power.”
--Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

“...many children will relate to the story.... Teachers will find this an interesting stepping-stone to discussions of mental illness.”
--Booklist

“...this could give rise to some thoughtful discussion on a serious subject that isn’t often broached in picture books.”
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Regina Hanson delicately explores the issues involved in coping with mental illness.... The vulnerability of young and old is beautifully portrayed in this sensitive story about emotions, fears, and the power of kindness.”
--The Reading Teacher

“...Hanson adeptly explores moral dilemmas, rumors, unfounded fears, and mental illness. Drawing on her Jamaican culture, she skillfully advances the plot, creating complexity and tensions.... This is a multicultural book, drawn authentically from the culture of the author, with meanings for all.”
--WLTA Newsletter

“We think you will want to give it to your...children and grandchildren and perhaps be sure it is in school and public libraries. The beauty and richness of the story itself are matched by the richness and color of the illustrations.”
--National Alliance for the Mentally Ill,
Boulder County Chapter Newsletter


Selected Books

Children's Fiction
A Season for Mangoes
“...a powerful story about a young person’s...own personal goodbye to a beloved grandparent.”
--Booklist
The Face at the Window
“...this compelling picture book explores stereotypical misunderstandings and fears about mental disabilities.”
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
The Tangerine Tree
“A stellar example of how children can share universal life experiences.”
--School Library Journal



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