“Schwartz dreamily captures the small wonders of childhood and the air of magic that can accompany season’s change.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
On a crisp fall day, Pinny decides to go for a walk. She packs a sweater, her rain hat, a book, a snack and her treasure pouch. Set for adventure, Pinny’s day includes a windy game of tag with her friends, an exciting call for help from the lighthouse keeper and a surprising encounter with the falling autumn leaves.
From Joanne Schwartz, author of the acclaimed picture book Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, comes a story of friendship, resourcefulness and the beauty of fall, all cast in the gentle light of Isabelle Malenfant’s soft pastel palette. The four short chapters in this book, suited for newly independent readers, capture the exhilarating feeling of a perfect fall day.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
>With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).
Explain major differences between books that tell stories and books that give information, drawing on a wide reading of a range of text types.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Joanne Schwartz was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She is the author of Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, among many other honors. Her first picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, was nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has written several other highly acclaimed picture books, including Pinny in Summer and Pinny in Fall, both illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.
ISABELLE MALENFANT was born in the north of Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val d'Or. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Université du Québec à Montréal, then fell in love with illustration. Since then, Isabelle has illustrated more than twenty children’s books, including the highly acclaimed Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino. She lives with her family in Montreal.
Pinny in Fall
Pinny's pleasure in her friends, in being helpful, and in nature's ephemeral treats is contagious … We eagerly await Pinny's winter. Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
Schwartz dreamily captures the small wonders of childhood and the air of magic that can accompany season’s change. Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Pinny in Summer
“From this lovely opening through four simple chapters, ‘Pinny in Summer’ sets an idyllic mood … Malenfant’s adorable, windswept watercolors add even more charm to each page.” The New York Times
Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith
“A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it.” Kirkus, starred review
“Art and text meld for a powerful glimpse at a way of life that begs inspection. A thoughtful and haunting book that will stay with readers.” School Library Journal, starred review
“This is a moving story, and a fine example of text and pictures in perfect harmony.” Horn Book, starred review
“Hauntingly beautiful.” Booklist, starred review