Only Opal : the diary of a young girl

by Boulton, Jane.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 811 Bou
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 811 Bou
Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B WHITELEY 1964
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Biography
Call Number  J B WHITELEY 1964
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK BOU
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK BOU
Born around 1900, young Opal was only five years old when she began to keep her diary. She had barely learned how to print, but was already expressing her thoughts. Uprooted more than 19 times as her adopted family moved from one lumber camp to another, this is the story of one year of her life. Full color.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 6-9. The inner life of children, long ignored in accounts of pioneer history, is here given an unforgettable voice. Opal was five years old when her parents died, and she went to live with a foster family in a lumber camp in Oregon at the turn of the century. She was just learning to print, and she wrote about her life on scraps of paper, in her own solemn idiom, words of simple intensity. An afterword explains that the poetry in this picture book has been selected from Opal's childhood diary, which was published when she grew up. Opal calls her foster mother "the mama" ("The mama where I live says I am a nuisance . . . the mama likes to have her house nice and clean"). Cooney's clear, beautifully detailed watercolor paintings show the sturdy, solitary child, who imagines her own secret, mischievous world even while she's up to her elbows scrubbing laundry. Whenever she can, Opal escapes into the woods, and she finds her home there. She makes up names for her special companions: for example, her pet mouse is Felix Mendelssohn and her sheltering tree is Michael Raphael. When Michael Raphael is cut down, Opal's lament is a poem of tearing grief ("There was a queer feel in my throat / and I couldn't stand up"); and Cooney's double-page-spread painting shows the rich woodland, the crouching child, and the huge quivering tree crashed to earth. The story ends with Opal once again having to move and leave behind what she loves. Older readers might go on from this diary to read more about Opal and children like her. ~--Hazel Rochman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Folk art-like paintings accentuate the plaintiveness of journal entries kept by a lonely but imaginative orphan girl born at the turn of the century. Ages 5-up. (June) o (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Whiteley, Opal Stanley.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :Philomel Books,1994
Other Titles Story of Opal.
Contributors Cooney, Barbara, 1917-2000.
Whiteley, Opal Stanley. Story of Opal.
Language English
Notes Adaptation of: The Story of Opal.
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0399219900 :
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