Hetta lives a crooked mile from her nearest neighbor, and even
farther from her only sister. As she waits and rocks by her mailbox,
her sister's long, long letter, complete with a thousand stamps,
makes its way to her. But much as she misses her sister and yearns
for her letter, Hetta never imagines the unexpected turn of events
that this most special delivery will bring. For Elizabeth Spurr, The
Long, Long Letter represents the letter (or book) we all plan
to write "when we get around to it." The story was inspired
by her admiration for her dear sister's abilities as a correspondent.
Elizabeth's own prodigious writing talents have resulted in such
popular children's books as Hyperion's The Gumdrop Tree, as
well as Mrs. Minetta's Carpool, The Biggest Birthday Cake in
the World, and Lupe and Me.
David Catrow's witty
illustrations provide the perfect accompaniment to Elizabeth
Spurr's charming tale of a colossal piece of correspondence that
delivers much more than just news. David admits he is more of
a telephone correspondent than letter writer. But when he puts
pencil and paint to paper a vibrant and memorable gallery of
strikingly original characters and scenes springs to life. David
was awarded the 1992 New York Times Choice of Best Illustrated
Children's Books for The Cataract of Lodore. He also illustrated She's
Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head! for Hyperion Books for Children.
He and his wife live with their children in 45504 (Springfield,