Dear Wild Child
You Carry Your Home Inside You
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- Publication Date: August 9, 2022
- Imprint: Cameron Kids
- ISBN: 9781647007874
- Page Count: 32
- Rights: World/All
A story inspired by a letter from a father to his daughter about wildfire, loss, and learning that we carry our homes inside us wherever we go
In the shade of ancient redwood trees, by a creek, not far from the ocean, a father builds a house for his newborn daughter, where she grows up wild and strong in their coastal canyon home. When a wildfire takes back their beloved house, he writes his now-grown daughter a letter telling her it’s gone. Inspired by the real letter the author wrote his daughter, this poignant story—written together by father and daughter—joyfully declares that a home is more than just wood and stone; it is made of love and can never be taken away. You carry home with you wherever you go.
"The art echoes the text’s emphasis on beauty rather than loss. . .In the event’s aftermath, the affecting story’s tone remains openhearted, concluding with sentiments that encourage resilience and reflect on the nature of home."Publishers Weekly —
"It’s a touching sentiment that reminds readers of all ages that our lives are defined not by our material possessions but by the memories we make. . .Intricate and emotional."Kirkus Reviews —
About the authors
Wallace Grayce Nichols is a student of sustainable design, problem solver, and water lover. Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, is a marine biologist and loves his daughters very much. Home is the slow coast of Central California. Drew Beckmeyer is a fine artist, illustrator, and elementary school teacher. His home is in California.