I spent the past weekend at Edmonton's Folk Music Festival, where I heard plenty of paeans to place. The sentiment in I Know Here would make a great folk song. It's no slouch as a picture book, either, having garnered several awards. Author Laurel Croza has based the book on her own experiences growing up on a remote dam site in Saskatchewan.
The girl in the story tells about attending a one-room school, where she is the only child in Grade 3. The news that her family will be moving to Toronto comes as a shock, and she is determined to record all the things she loves about the only place she has known so far. Matt James' whimsical and surrealist paintings are a perfect match for a little girl's boundless energy.