Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

updated 05/01/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/01/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Writer-illustrator Flavia Weedn, 60, is known for her sentimental greeting cards. But her first children's book displays a real poignancy. It is based on her childhood relationship with her uncle, Jack Holmes, an Air Corps pilot later killed in World War II. In the book Flavia is a girl who dislikes her name, how she looks and where she lives. Jack tells her that some things about life won't change, but "you can dream...and if you believe and are not afraid to reach high, work hard and never give up, you can make those dreams come true." Flavia's self-doubt is confronted with a directness not usually associated with greeting-card writers, and her soothing pastel watercolors make Jack seem a source of real comfort. (Innocent Age, $14.95)

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