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“Gran would have made something crazy -- for the auction --

don’t you think?” Todd said.*


On the last day before the sale of the family farm,  Todd comes to stay with his grandfather.  Devastated that all the animals have been sold already, he lashes out in anger.  Then he realizes his grandfather is losing so much more. 


“Tell me all the stories,” Todd says.   His grandfather tells him about times of hardship and also about times of celebration.  Todd adds his own tales.  He remembers his grandmother and her love of fun. 


Inspired by that memory, he and Gramps take on a work of transformation.  They know that when people come next day for the auction, there will be laughter.  The two of them have not lost all their sadness but they have come to a place where they can look forward to the future with hope. 


The Auction brought me one of my most cherished moments as a writer.  I was doing an author visit on the prairies where the book is set.  I showed the children some Farm Auction notices I had collected; I also told an African folktale which carries the message “no one is ever dead as long as they are remembered.”  A boy put up his hand.  “I know why you wrote the book,” he announced proudly.  “You wrote it because you want us to keep that farm alive in our hearts.”


Of course, of course, that was my reason and I was thinking of one farm in particular -- the farm I visited fairly soon after I had come to Canada, the farm that helped me look at the prairie landscape, recognizing its beauty in a whole new way. 


When I first saw Karen Reczuch’s illustrations, I knew she understood the power of this story completely.  A review in Booklist came as confirmation: “Reczuch’s paintings...work wonderfully well with the poignant narrative.  Their rich colours and precise details capture the mood of the text, which evokes not only the sadness of loss, but also the joy of new beginnings.”




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*The Auction ©1990 Jan Andrews, Groundwood Books

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THE AUCTION
By JAN ANDREWS
Illustrations by KAREN RECZUCH

GROUNDWOOD BOOKS
$6.95  Ages 4-8
ISBN 9780-0-88899-842-2
Cover image: with permission Groundwood Books.  All rights reserved.
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