Miss Eliza Flowerdew can nearly touch the ceiling

Lucy’s mum is taller than her. Her grandad is even taller.

So Lucy longs to take a peek at the very elderly Miss Eliza Flowerdew – at her age (99) – she might even be able to touch the ceiling! But is Lucy brave enough to find out the truth?

This is a magical story that explores how we can make incorrect assumptions about people, particularly the elderly. Along with Lucy, children will discover the rich experiences that make up a long life, the importance of memories, and how the most unlikely friendships can be formed.

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About the Illustrator:

Helene Magisson started her artistic career as a painting restorer in Paris, where she was also trained in the art of medieval illumination. She has illustrated several books including Slowly! Slowly! by T.M. Clark, a CBCA 2018 Notable Picture Book of the year.

About the Author:

Brenda Gurr is the author of books and educational material for children of all ages. In 2014 Brenda was awarded second place in the Sutherland Shire Writers’ Festival picture book writing competition. She was also awarded two prizes in the 2018 CYA Conference writing competition – first place in Chapter Books for Younger Children and third place in Chapter Books for Older Children. She is an accredited editor with IPEd, the Institute of Professional Editors in Australia.

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