The child in this story observes the sun by playing with her shadow, though sometimes it disappears. She listens to the wind tell stories, even when it howls like wolves. She tastes snowflakes — sometimes sweet and delicate; other times sharp on her cheeks. And finally, she finds hope in the buds on a cherry tree that survive through the winter to blossom in spring.
Jean E. Pendziwol has written a layered, lyrical exploration of the hardships and beauties of nature. Her poem, beautifully illustrated by Nathalie Dion, is a study in contrasts and a message of the hope that carries us through the year and through our lives.
Jean E. Pendziwol has published several highly acclaimed picture books, including Me and You and the Red Canoe, illustrated by Phil; and Once Upon a Northern Night, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Jean’s debut adult novel, The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, was published in more than ten languages. Jean finds inspiration in the rich history, culture and geography of Northwestern Ontario, where she lives with a view of Lake Superior.
Nathalie Dion is a freelance illustrator based in Montreal. She studied Design Arts at Concordia University. Her other books include The Biggest Puddle in the World by Mark Lee, What’s in Your Purse by Abigail Samoun and the Urban Babies Wear Black series by Michelle Sinclair Colman.
Praise for Me and You and the Red Canoe by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Phil:
“Evocative, lyrical, perfect.” — Kirkus, starred review
“A true gem that invites contemplation and reflection in children, who are often too busy to notice the beauty of everyday life.” — School Library Journal, starred review
Praise for Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault:
“A beautiful, lyrical celebration of northern light and night.” — Kirkus, starred review
“A reverent ode to the magic and wonder of an icy winter night.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This is a lovely wintry bedtime story, best for sharing one-on-one.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“A sweet and lovely tale of the magic of waking up to a world transformed by winter.” — Booklist, starred review