Hey Al

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Eddie, the dog, and Al, the janitor, l are boxed into their lives in a small room on the West Side. They aren't satisfied and they aren't happy and it's taking a toll on their friendship. Then, one day, an enormous bird drops in and tells Al that there is a better place. He invites the two of them to visit. They go. They go "thousands of feet upward to an island in the sky."

Arthur Yorinks got the idea for this book one day when he had the idea that "Paradise lost is sometimes Heaven found." He carried that slip of paper around for six months as the story slowly evolved in his mind. The result is his brilliance combined with the marvels of Richard Egielski's imagination and the winner of the 1987 Caldecott Medal.

Recommended by:  Barb

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