Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 7
- Grade: k to 2
See below for English description.
Rose la lapine était la meilleure amie de Raphaël lorsqu'il avait 5 ans. Depuis, le garçon a beaucoup grandi et il a maintenant d'autres centres d'intérêt. Rose la lapine se sent bien seule... Un après-midi, Raphaël l'emmène dehors et l'oublie, la laissant seule dans la neige... La nuit tombe et Rose ne retrouve pas le chemin de la maison. Heureusement, une mésange, un écureuil, un raton laveur et même un faucon viennent à sa rescousse. Perdue dans la neige, Rose la lapine fait preuve de courage et retrouve Raphaël qui sortait pour la retrouver. Cette courte séparation a permis à Raphaël de se rendre compte à quel point il tenait à Rose. Rose, quant à elle, comprend que Raphaël l'aime toujours.
Rosa was Brandon's favourite when he was five, but now other interests have come between them, leaving her feeling unloved... and grumpy. When Brandon takes her outdoors one afternoon, and then forgets her, she can't follow his footprints back to the house. But a helpful chickadee, then a red squirrel, a raccoon, even a hawk, help her. As dusk falls one snowy night, Rosa gains the courage to make her way to the front porch just as Brandon comes out to find her. A bit of separation has made him realize what he almost lost. And Rosa knows from the smile on his face that he really does love her after all.
Original Title: On a Snowy Night
About the authors
Jean Little was born in Taiwan in 1932. Her parents were both doctors. Jean grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto. She was born with a severe eye problem and is severely visually impaired. A special "talking" computer assists her with her writing. She has a retired seeing-eye dog named Ritz and a new one named Pippa, with whom she travels. The author focuses on her experiences from the time she was a child through young adulthood in her autobiography, Little by Little, and continues her story in Stars Come Out Within. The books, which will appeal to children 10 and older, are both humorous and poignant as Jean describes living with a disability and the ridicule she sometimes experienced as a result, as well as her love for the world of reading and books. Jean's books include From Anna, Listen for the Singing, Stand In The Wind, Mama's Going To Buy You a Mockingbird, Hey World, Here I Am!, Look through My Window, Emma's Yucky Brother, The Belonging Place, and Mine For Keeps. Listen for the Singing was the Canada Council Children's Literature Award winner in 1977. Mama's Going to Buy You a Mockingbird was the CLA Book of the Year in 1985.
Jean Little's first book, Mine for Keeps, won the Little, Brown Children's Book Award in 1962 and was republished by Viking Penguin in 1995. It tells the story of Sally Copeland, a 10 year old with cerebral palsy, and her adjustment to being home after spending several years in a special school. You'll find that several of the themes in this book appear in a number of the author's other books: dealing with a handicap and the responses of others, fitting in, and adjusting to new situations and surroundings.
BRIAN DEINES has illustrated numerous books for children, including SkySisters
(written by Jan BourdeauWaboose), Dragonfly Kites (written by Thomson Highway),
and One Hockey Night (written by DavidWard). He has been nominated for
numerous awards, including the Governor Generalâ€™s Literary Award, the Ruth and
Sylvia Schwartz Childrenâ€™s Literature Award, the Martha Baillie Picture Book
Award, and the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award. A native of Red Deer, Alberta,
Brian lives in Toronto.
Other titles by Jean Little
A Long Way Home
Le long chemin
Harry's Hiccups Read-Along
Listen for the Singing
Dear Canada: Hoping for Home
Stories of Arrival
Once Upon a Golden Apple
25th Anniversary Edition
Pippin the Christmas Pig
Hand in Hand
Inspired by the real-life story of Helen Keller and Martha Washington
Dear Canada: Exiles from the War
The War Guest Diary of Charlotte Mary Twiss, Guelph, Ontario, 1940
Other titles by Brian Deines
A Bear in War
A World of Kindness
Les chênes de Vimy
La route vers la paix
The Vimy Oaks
A Journey to Peace
Adrift at Sea
A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival
In a Cloud of Dust
The True Story of Three Zoo Elephants and their Rescue from Captivity