Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 5
- Grade: p to k
- Reading age: 3 to 5
A young girl and her family travel from the city to the country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne, as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden, and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble . . . and a grasshopper . . . and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she discovers the freedom of her imagination.
With very little text, this book lets the illustrations tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than herself.
About the authors
Originaire du Venezuela, Marianne Ferrer a immigré au Canada en 1998. Après avoir étudié l’illustration et le design au cégep Dawson à Montréal, elle a poursuivi ses études en design graphique à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, où elle habite toujours. Marianne a illustré de nombreux ouvrages, notamment Toucania (Monsieur Ed), Mel and Mo's Marvelous Balancing Act (Annick Press) et The Invisible Garden (Orca). Son style est empreint de charme, de délicatesse et de profondeur.
Valérie Picard is the artistic director at the Quebec publishing house Monsieur Ed. After obtaining a diploma in visual arts and a degree in anthropology, she fell in love with children's literature. She draws, reads, buys way too many books (ignoring the fact that she has no more space for them) and entertains herself with online Harry Potter questionnaires in order to discover in which house the Sorting Hat would place her. Valerie lives in Montreal, Quebec.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
- Winner, Prix Lux
"Captures the magic of a solitary hour spent observing nature—and suggests where those observations might lead."
“Soft, otherworldly illustrations, which play with size, shape, and perspective, pull the reader through Arianne's apparent dream.”
The Horn Book Online
“A fantastical trip of the imagination…Gorgeous art, almost abstract, with deep watery colors, takes the reader on a completely unique journey.”
Youth Services Book Review
“This book is perfectly delightful.”
Kiss the Book blog
"Interesting juxtapositions of scale…The whole feeling of the book is of a sort of sleepy wonder."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
★ “Subtle, yet powerful artwork…Readers accompanying Arianne on her odyssey will find themselves entranced.”
Canadian Children's Book News, starred review
"There's no doubting the fluid charm of [this] story."
Quill & Quire
"Use in classroom discussions about imagination…as a model for storytelling"
★ "Ferrer's unusually whimsical interpretation of an old trope merits the imaginations of its readers…A playful marvel."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review