Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: A Day of Signs and Wonders

Publish September 2, 2016

Kit Pearson’s most recent novel, A Day of Signs and Wonders, centers around one June day in the lives of two young girls in late nineteenth-century Victoria, BC. Impulsive, headstrong Emily wakes early one morning and decides to sneak outside to walk by herself on the shore. There she meets prim, wistful Kitty, who has also escaped to the beach to spend some time alone. On a whim Kitty invites Emily to spend the day together, and Emily, always eager for adventure, accepts. In spite of their different personalities and backgrounds, Emily and Kitty share a day of exploration and self-discovery that changes both their lives. Based on an imagined encounter between two real Canadian women, celebrated artist Emily Carr and her neighbour, Kathleen O’Reilly, A Day of Signs and Wonders is a sweet, character-driven novel. The focus of the book is on the thoughtful conversations and reflections of Emily and Kitty as they compare families and talk about their fears and aspirations during their time together. Pearson slowly and elegantly builds the Victorian world of Emily and Kitty through the subtle details of their clothes, gardens and homes, and her gentle, dreamy writing ensures readers will be drawn into this world as well. The Emily’s character, in particular, comes alive through the contrast between her joyful, brash personality and her carefully crafted surroundings, and the scene in which she tries painting with watercolours for the first time is especially powerful. Full of wonder itself, A Day of Signs and Wonders is a gorgeously-written story of grief, hope, and the power of friendship.  

A Day of Signs and Wonders

Kit Pearson
Harper Trophy - Harper Collins Canada
ISBN 13: 978-1-44344-399-9

Roseanne Gauthier
Roseanne Gauthier

Roseanne Gauthier is the Youth Services Librarian for the Prince Edward Island (PEI) Public Library Service, and is PEI's 2017 award-winning 'Champion of Reading'. She has worked in the Faculties of Education at both the University of Prince Edward Island and Mount Saint Vincent University and spent two amazing years as the Children’s Librarian at the Confederation Centre Public Library. She holds an MLIS from Dalhousie University, and an MA from the University of Waterloo. Roseanne lives in Charlottetown, PEI with her husband, their adorable daughter, and two tuxedo cats.

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