I Have an Aunt on Marlborough Street

Susan Guevara-I Have an Aunt on Marlborough Street, picture book cover

I Have an Aunt on Marlborough Street by Kathryn Lasky, Macmillan 1992

“Young Phoebe loves to visit her fun-loving Aunt Phoebe who lives on Boston’s Marlborough Street in a tall, thin house that ‘touches shoulders’ with its equally narrow neighbors. The two ride the swan boats, skate and frolic in the fountains in the Public Gardens, fly kites by the Charles River and pick gingko fruit in the fall. THe text is distinguished by its vividly sensory language that makes skillful use of figurines and establishes a warm relationship between the generations. The generously detailed, delicately impressionistic watercolors emit a lively and enticing atmosphere.”–Children’s Book Review

“…of wider appeal is the story of spending time alone with a loving releative.  The poetic text and light-filled watercolor illustrations show a world that’s slightly eccentric without being exotic…A loving bond connects (the two Phoebes) and allows the young girl to dream beyond herself.”–Booklist