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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

Pinny in Summer

by (author) Joanne Schwartz

illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

Publisher
Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
May 2016
Category
Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554987825
    Publish Date
    May 2016
    List Price
    $16.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554987832
    Publish Date
    May 2016
    List Price
    $14.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
  • Reading age: 4 to 7

Description

This engaging story, told in chapter-like episodes, follows Pinny on a long, lazy summer day. As sunshine turns to rain and back to sun again, Pinny searches for a wishing rock, watches clouds, picks wild blueberries, feeds a seagull, and bakes a cake to share with her friends.

An ideal book for children beginning to make the jump to independent reading, Pinny in Summer demonstrates the joy young people find in nature and an unstructured life. Pinny is allowed to explore her world freely, and her small setbacks and triumphs will be familiar to every child.

With charming illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant and a spare, poetic text from author Joanne Schwartz, Pinny in Summer is a bright and inviting picture book that captures all the delight of a perfect summer day.

About the authors

Joanne Schwartz was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her first picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, was nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her other books include City Alphabet and City Numbers, with photos by Matt Beam, and two Inuit folktales with Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak — The Legend of the Fog, illustrated by Danny Christopher, and Grandmother Ptarmigan, illustrated by Qin Leng. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.

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Isabelle Malenfant nació en Val d'Or, Quebec, y ahora vive en Montreal. De niña, a ella le gustaba dibujar y tocar instrumentos musicales. Ella tocaba flauta, además de piano, bajo, guitarra y violín. Sus asignaturas favoritas en la escuela fueron arte y biología. Estudió arte en la universidad y se licenció en Diseño Gráfico en la Universidad de Quebec, en Montreal.

 

Isabelle siempre ha disfrutado creando personajes y escribiendo cuentos. Antes de comenzar a ilustrar Pablo encuentra un tesoro, buscó fotos de los vertederos y de las personas que trabajan allí. Su mayor desafío fue representar las piezas de basura sin que se viera repetitivo. Después de experimentar un poco, decidió usar lápices, para crear manchas que lograran el efecto de un entorno sucio.

 

Lo que más disfruta del proceso creativo es idear personajes y ponerlos en escena. ¡Lo que más le gusta es ensuciarse las manos!

 

Isabelle vive con su pareja, sus dos hijas, un gato y un hámster enano. Cuando no está escribiendo o ilustrando, le gusta esculpir, coser, leer, escuchar música e ir al cine cuando puede.

 

Su consejo para los aspirantes a autores e ilustradores es divertirse y no preocuparse por las reglas.

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Editorial Reviews

Whether used as a read-aloud or a bridge between early readers and chapter books, a serene treat.

Kirkus Reviews

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

Malenfant's cartoon illustrations have a pleasing mixture of lightness and detail that greatly benefit the text.

School Library Journal

Schwartz once again shows us how to wonder and delight in the extraordinariness of the ordinary, and Malenfant's pictures with their violet hues are just as lovely.

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