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In Abbey's Hands

by (author) Wendy A. Lewis

illustrated by Marilyn Mets & Peter Ledwon

Publisher
Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2006
Category
General, General, Beginner
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780889953635
    Publish Date
    Dec 2006
    List Price
    $4.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3

Description

As Abby scratches and pats Opal's tummy, she feels the new pups waiting to be born.

Abby and her yellow lab, Opal, love to inhabit their own small world beneath the lace tablecloth that Abby's grandmother crocheted. As Abby scratches and pats Opal's tummy, she feels the new pups waiting to be born.

When Grandpa Jack must go to the hospital with Abby's mother because he's hurt his leg, Abby is left to look after Opal. When the dog goes into labor, Abby must find the courage to help. There is simply no other choice.

In Abby's Hands is a gentle story about the resourcefulness of a young girl who believes she is incapable, but who discovers her own grace when the moment demands it.

About the authors

Wendy A. Lewis was born in Ottawa but has spent most of her life near Leaskdale, Ontario, where one of her favourite authors, L. M. Montgomery, wrote many of her books. Wendy always knew she wanted to be a writer, and for years she wrote bits and pieces of stories. She also studied English Literature at the University of Toronto, worked as a tutor, a retail store owner, and in sales, marketing and public relations positions. Finally she realized that to get a story published, you have to finish writing it! So that's what she did.
She is the author of several stories and books used as classroom readers, as well as the picture book In Abby's Hands, and Graveyard Girl, a collection of stories for teens, which received the Canadian Authors' Association Vicky Metcalf Award for excellence in young adult short fiction. To get at the heart of her stories, Wendy has prowled through cemeteries, jumped out of airplanes and counted the eggs of a giant leatherback turtle in Costa Rica.
Sometimes Wendy gets ideas for stories from real events. One day, her daughter came home with a leopard frog she had named Cheetah. During the week that Cheetah lived with the family, Wendy could see how sad Amelia got when grown-ups kept asking "when are you taking the frog back to the pond?" That's how the chapter book, Cheetah, came to be written.
Wendy loves to visit schools and libraries to talk about the writing process and conduct creative writing workshops. She lives in Uxbridge, Ontario with her husband, two daughters, two teddy bear hamsters, a Rag Doll cat, a Betta fish, and occasionally, a visiting frog.

 

Wendy A. Lewis' profile page

Judy Ann Sadler is the best-selling author of over 20 craft books for children including Corking, Knitting, Simply Sewing, Hemp Jewelry and The Kids Can Press Jumbo Book of Easy Crafts. She still looks forward to making stuff every day. Judy Ann lives with her family in London, Ontario.

Marilyn Mets' profile page

Peter Ledwon has worked as a commercial photographer, illustrator, graphic designer, and art director for the past 15 years. He gained formal training in photography at Ryerson University. In addition, he holds science degrees in physiology and biochemistry from U.B.C. Peter also writes for both magazines and newsletters targeted at the adult market.

Peter Ledwon's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"This lovely story is accompanied by soft, realistic images in warm and vivid colors. This is an excellent story about the comfort that a pet brings and overcoming one's fears."
-- School Library Journal

"Cutout and computer generated effects . . . make a nicely layered look."
-- Kirkus Review

"Transformative."
-- Globe & Mail

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