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The Matchbox Diary

The Matchbox Diary

Published: 3 Jul 2014

Paperback / softback, 40 pages

Recommended for age 7+ and 9+

By Paul Fleischman

Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Published by Walker Books Ltd

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A breathtaking immigration tale with appeal across generations. When a little girl visits her great-grandfather at his curio-filled home, she chooses an unusual object to learn about: an old cigar box. What she finds inside surprises her: a collection of matchboxes making up her great-grandfather's diary, containing objects she can hold in her hand, each one evoking a memory.

Together they tell of his journey from Italy to a new country, before he could read and write - the olive stone his mother gave him to suck on when there wasn't enough food; a hairpin he found on the boat; a ticket still retaining the thrill of his first baseball game. With a narrative entirely in dialogue, Paul Fleischman makes immediate the two characters' foray into the past.

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