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Covering the Newbery (#59): A Gathering of Days

1980: A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl’s Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos

Original Cover:

My Redo:

Side by Side:

Verdict: The original is a cover in need of jazzing up. My jazzing may not be jazzy enough.

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Up next week: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

(Source images: “Open Tattered book” http://flic.kr/p/5BTZjt
“iPhone Background” http://flic.kr/p/9dUQkw)

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Your version is far superior to the original.

    • Thanks – if you like it, all credit goes to the illustrator who’s artwork I used. If you click the credit at the bottom, you can see more of her work.