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by Nadine Anne Hura, illustrations by Zoe Hannay

This is a gentle story with a twist, which is revealed in the final illustration. While most School Journal stories are set over a few hours or days, this piece has an unusually long timeframe: nine months. During this time, Bella learns a more positive way to count the days – by noticing the seasons change and trusting that something is happening, even though it may appear otherwise.

Series: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

Learning area: English, Social Sciences

Curriculum level: 3

Reading year level: 5

Related titles: see TSM

Topics: absent parents, change, divorce, family, friendship, gardening, neighbours, patience, pets, relationships, resilience, seasons, separation, time, waiting

In: School Journal Level 3 August 2020

Publication date: August 2020

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