"The childlike wonder and magical realism of Maddie's world captivated me, and the compassion expressed by the adult Mary, for the children she worked with and, ultimately, herself affected me."
"Meet Madelyn, learn the fable of a fairy angel, and be prepared for the gift of affirmation served up by Dr. Mary Avery Kabrich, 'Yes, I can.'"
"...engaging from page one and throughout. It is very rare to read a novel that addresses dyslexia, let alone portraying it from the eye of the beholder. I loved the magic and wonder around words and the imagery and imagination throughout the story."
"A beautifully worked story...this book will be a great help to families seeking an understanding of what their children are experiencing."
"I’m in love with Mary’s writing…the depth and reality of this beautifully crafted meaningful story validates so many people’s lives. I have a long list of people I can’t wait to share this book with.”
“Expect a satisfying juxtaposition between past and present, solidified by Mary Kabrich's attention to the little details of sights, smells, and sounds that permeate her world…”
School psychologist Dr. Mary Meyers evaluates students who fail to fit in. While skillfully responding to these children’s emotional needs, she is entirely sealed off from her own. When her mother dies, Mary discovers an artifact from her past, the tattered black hooded coat she had worn throughout third grade. Reuniting with the coat sets in motion a stream of long-forgotten memories of her childhood and her nine-year-old self, a girl with a love of stories who struggled to read even the simplest words. Overwhelmed with intrusions from a past filled with failure, Mary finds her professional practice beginning to crumble as she struggles to separate herself from who she once was.
Once Upon a Time a Sparrow artfully weaves past and present into a fabric that reveals the dangers of denying the past, how our imperfections can make us whole, and the abundant possibility of transformation at any stage in life.