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Summer North Coming

by (author) Dorothy Bentley

illustrated by Jessica Bromley Bartram

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 18
  • Grade: 1 to 12


This lyrical, full colour picture poetry book celebrates the magic of Summer and Winter in Canada's North.

The text is only 193 words, but provides a marvelous sensory experience when accompanied by Jessica Bromley Bartram's strikingly apt portraits of nature's magic.

About the authors

Dorothy Bentley's profile page

Jessica Bromley Bartram
is an illustrator, graphic designer, and embroidery enthusiast who lives in Ottawa. She has a BA hon. in English from the University of Guelph and a second Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from the Ontario College of Art & Design. Visit Jessica's web site at

Jessica Bromley Bartram's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"A full-color experience of the seasons in Canada's north."
Kirkus Reviews

"The somewhat Yoda-esque quality of Bentley's poetry appropriately slows the pace of the book's reading so that youngsters can absorb some of the details of Bartram's artwork. The summer pages are filled with lush greens punctuated by the colours of various flowers, birds and insects before giving way to fall's more muted palette. Colourwise, Winter North is a contrast of crisp dark nights and day's snow-blinding whiteness that are both eventually conquered by the warmth oranges of the sun's spring return. . . In terms of both its text and illustrations, Summer North Coming is definitely a book to return to and linger over. Bentley's words are rich in their sparseness, and Bartram's illustrations are full of details to be discovered during subsequent readings.
Highly Recommended"
CM Magazine

"This picture book describes northern Canada's seasons and refreshingly depicts non-stereotypical Inuit characters. If you've been thinking about how to honor #WeNeedDiverseBooks, then this one fits the bill.
School Library Journal

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