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.”
“...many children will relate to the story.... Teachers will find this an interesting stepping-stone to discussions of mental illness.”
“...this could give rise to some thoughtful discussion on a serious subject that isn’t often broached in picture 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.”
“...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.”
“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