Clara Barton grew up to be a nurse and the founder of the American Red Cross. But before this, she was a shy young girl on a Massachusetts farm, often ridiculed and called lazy because of her lisp. A lover of all creatures great and small, Clara finds a champion in her brother Davie. In Clara and Davie, Patricia Polacco writes affectionately about her famous relative, pioneer nurse Clara Barton, as a child and her brother Davie who saw in her the great woman she could become. Davie takes Clara to the library to borrow books about nature, and soon Clara is borrowing medical books as well. Her healing talents are soon challenged when Davie is injured in an accident and at the tender age of 10 she is tasked with nursing him back to health.
Clara and Davie, written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco, is an inspiring tale about seeing the potential in those around us. It is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo, July 15th, 2014.