Looking for Smile


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Ellen Tarlow writes stories for very young children. Her published children’s books include Pinwheel Days, Mole Catches the Sky, and, most recently, Looking for Smile (Beach Lane, Simon & Schuster). She has been a classroom teacher and for many, many years worked as an editor of early childhood classroom materials. In that job she got to write hundreds of stories for young children. Now that she is working less, she is excited to work on her own stories. After spending her whole adult life in New York City, she just moved to the Hudson Valley with her husband David, a painter. She is currently learning to drive a car.


"A tenderhearted, life-affirming exploration of the depressive cycle through simple language and a rich visual vocabulary."

-Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review


"For children who experience the occasional gloomy day, this story will coax a smile to banish melancholy."