Monday Is Wash Day, written by MaryAnn Sundby and illustrated by Tessa Blackham, is on sale now!
In this enduring story from a time not so long ago, Annie and her sister help Mama with washing the clothes on Monday morning. From gathering and sorting the clothes, to washing and hanging them outside to dry, to folding and putting them away, the family works together to get the job done.
“First we work and then we play.” Mama smiles but walks with purpose to the porch.
Tessa Blackham’s warm, hand-painted cut-paper collages bring the reader to a time in the Midwest when doing the laundry was an all-day family chore.
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Reviews for Monday Is Wash Day
Here are some excerpts from the fantastic reviews we've received for Monday Is Wash Day. Check out our website to read the full reviews and more.
"...this picture book delivers readers to an early time and leaves them feeling as warm and sun-kissed as a sheet fresh off the line."
-Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"An original and deftly crafted story by MaryAnn Sundby that is charmingly illustrated by Tessa Blackham, "Monday Is Wash Day" is a wonderfully engaging and entertaining story from a time not so long ago."
-Midwest Book Review
"Washes of pale color, delicate pencil detailing, and cut-paper collage elements create an expansive and inviting domestic backdrop, as Blackham uses wrinkled paper to evoke rumpled fabric and white string for clotheslines and apron ties. Beyond offering a glimpse of bygone household routines, the story is a quiet reminder of the pleasures of a job well done."
Author / Illustrator Profiles
MaryAnn Sundby: As a child, she could be found tending to chores on her family’s farm. She went on to explore the wilds of Alaska, the oil fields of Texas, and the copper mines of Arizona. She returned to Colorado to write about her life’s journey and share it with readers. An avid adventurer and history buff, she writes stories that enhance understanding of heritage along with fostering hope and joy. This is her first picture book.
Tessa Blackham: First time children’s book illustrator, she graduated from Brigham Young University with her BFA in illustration. Tessa works as a freelance illustrator and in her spare time enjoys sailing and playing the piano. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Andrew, and a fluffy studio cat, Willow. www.tessablackham.com