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.
Malenfant's cartoon illustrations have a pleasing mixture of lightness and detail that greatly benefit the text.
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.
Whether used as a read-aloud or a bridge between early readers and chapter books, a serene treat.
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.