Willa’s House

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$22.95

By David Booth

Willa’s House, David Booth’s final book, is a tribute to women teachers, the joy in life’s small moments, and to home.

In Willa’s House, author David Booth takes us on a nostalgic walk back to the quiet contentment of calmer times. Based on a true story, this heartwarming chronicle of a teacher’s life in a small Canadian town illustrates the tragedies and triumphs that centre around this one home. These events demonstrate Willa’s strong ties to family, friends, and students as well as the ways in which she makes a lasting impact on her community. With her less-than-typical trajectory, Willa shows us that there is more than one way to lead a fulfilling life.

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Willa’s House, David Booth’s final book, is a tribute to women teachers, the joy in life’s small moments, and to home.

In Willa’s House, author David Booth takes us on a nostalgic walk back to the quiet contentment of calmer times. Based on a true story, this heartwarming chronicle of a teacher’s life in a small Canadian town illustrates the tragedies and triumphs that centre around this one home. These events demonstrate Willa’s strong ties to family, friends, and students as well as the ways in which she makes a lasting impact on her community. With her less-than-typical trajectory, Willa shows us that there is more than one way to lead a fulfilling life.

Additional information

Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 19.05 × 22.86 × 0.5 cm
Author

David Booth

Illustrator

Renia Metallinou

Specs

Hard cover, 8"X7.5", 48 pages

1 review for Willa’s House

  1. Larry Swartz, professor at OISE

    Willa’s House is a nostalgic stroll through calm times, small moments and heartfelt memories. It is based on a true story that chronicles the life of a kind soul who dedicated herself to teaching in Stratford. In the author’s words, this book serves “as a metaphor for life in a small Canadian town. With immigration, the growth of cities, the loss of farms, we are a dynamic nation, and yet so little has changed in many of these communities, these small towns. Somehow, I always saw Willa’s house as this solid continuing historical monument of what was and may always be.”
    I have read this book several times and each time I go through the pages, I am reminded of my own personal teaching experiences and am taken to a world of town life that was very different from the one I grew up in. David Booth’s life work was about story, and here we have a great story about one house, every house. It is a book that shines a light on the artifacts of our lives and inspires connections to the family and community members who have played an important part in our lives and who will forever be attached to us in mind and heart. This is a book to be shared in the classroom or for adults to read side by side with a young person, a book that prompts stories to be shared about favourite teachers, times of mischief, birdhouses and a place called home.
    David Booth was an international literacy and arts expert. He is the author of a wide range of resources for educators, including his most recent title What is A ‘Good’ Teacher? His recent poetry collections include Head to Toe Spaghetti and Other Tasty Poems and Bird Guy. David’s youth was spent in Welland, Sarnia and St. Thomas, Ontario, which spurred him on to write Willa’s House. David passed away in 2018. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Professor David Booth Memorial Bursary (OISE, University of Toronto).

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