A poignant, timely, and universal picture book about fear, adoption, family, and the joy of fatherhood, written by beloved and award-winning author Vera B. Williams and illustrated by the author in collaboration with two-time Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka.
Writing a book, even a picture book, can take years. In the case of Home at Last, the award-winning author, Vera B. Williams, made it a priority to see that her final book, which had been in draft form for years, got completed even though she passed away peacefully before she got to see it in its final stage of production. However, she had written all the words, and worked with illustrator, Chris Raschka, on the sketches, so the fluidity of the book feels complete and is now available for purchase.
Home at Last is an adoption story of a boy named Lester. Often times, books finish children’s adoption stories at the final stage of adoption or many years after the fact and Home at Last instead focuses on the difficult transition Lester has at the beginning stages of being incorporated into his new forever home. He loves his new family and dog, Wincka, but once it is nighttime, he finds that he is unable to fall asleep. His new parents try everything; a new bike, special outings, and many play dates with his new cousins. Lester is happy with his new life during the day, but at night he becomes worried and scared. That is until Wincka, the dog, decides to become his nighttime protector and pillow in the late and dark hours. Lester suddenly feels home at last.
Vera B. Williams (1927-2015)
Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, while still working on this book with her dear friend and fellow artist Chris Raschka. Chris Raschka’s astonishing and glorious full-color paintings are based on sketches by Vera B. Williams and honor both her spirit and her intent. Home at Last is a universal, timely, and timeless book about the right of all children to belong some place safe.
About the Author: Vera B. Williams began her career in children’s books by illustrating Hooray for Me!, written by Remy Charlip with Lilian Moore. Her beloved A Chair for My Mother won multiple awards, including a Caldecott Honor, and “More, More, More,” Said the Baby also received a Caldecott Honor. Vera B. Williams was the recipient of the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award; she was awarded the 2009 NSK Neustadt Prize for Children’s Literature; and she was the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2004. Vera B. Williams died on October 16, 2015, shortly before this book was completed.
About the Illustrator: Chris Raschka is the creator of many distinguished and award-winning books for children. He has received two Caldecott Medals: for The Hello, Goodbye Window, by Norton Juster; and for his own A Ball for Daisy. He also received a Caldecott Honor for Yo! Yes? Five of his titles have been named New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books. Chris Raschka was the US nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2012 and 2016. He lives in New York City with his family.
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