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The Truth About Wind

by Hazel Hutchins & Gail Herbert, illustrated by Dusan Petricic

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list price: $21.95
edition:Hardcover
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published: Apr 2020
ISBN:9781773213880
publisher: Annick Press
Description

A vividly imagined story about the importance of telling the truth, even if it means losing something you love.

When Jesse finds a toy horse and makes it his very own, his imagination runs wild. This horse is the fastest horse in the whole world, so Jesse names him Wind. He can’t wait to race him across the prairie (the kitchen table) and over deep canyons (the bathtub). There’s just one problem: Wind doesn’t actually belong to Jesse. He was left behind accidentally by his real owners. And though at first Jesse is full of joy as he plays with Wind, soon he starts to feel uneasy—Jesse knows Wind’s real owners must miss him.

But how can Jesse explain to his mother exactly where Wind came from? And is there a way to make everything okay again? The Truth About Wind is a dynamic story about the courage it takes to face up to a lie, brought to life by a trio of celebrated creators.

About the Authors

Hazel Hutchins has written over 50 books for children and young adults and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for Mattland (2008). She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

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Duan Petricic’s brilliant illustrations have appeared around the world in newspapers, magazines and award-winning picture books including The Truth About Wind, SNAP!, The Man With the Violin, Mattland, and My Toronto. Duan lives in Zemun, Serbia.

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Gail Herbert’s first collaboration with Hazel Hutchins produced the award-winning picture book, Mattland. Gail lives with her husband near Cambridge, Ontario.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 7
Grade:
p to 2
Reading age:
4 to 7
Awards
  • , Blue Spruce Award, OLA
  • Joint winner, Best Books of 2020, CBC
  • Joint winner, First & Best Reading List, Toronto Public Library
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

“Hutchins and Herbert’s text is vivid, specific, and evocative; Petricic’s pencil-and-watercolor illustrations have a fun, cartoonish quality that perfectly suits the story, investing the nominally inanimate toy with a huge personality . . . Another child’s toy gained by mischance is a perfect vehicle for gently conveying the importance of honesty.” 

— Kirkus Reviews, 01/21/20

“Believable, relatable, and tender.” 

— Kiss the Book Jr., 04/17/20

“Hutchins and Herbert have created a complex, memorable character . . . This galloping story will engage young readers and prompt meaningful conversation.” 

— Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/20

“A great book to begin discussions about telling the truth and how keeping secrets can have a negative impact.”

— Youth Services Book Review, 12/31/19

“A wonderful adventure of childish imagination, with, at its core, an important idea about how dishonesty can spoil a beautiful thing. The book should find a place in many schools and public library picture book collections. Highly Recommended.” 

— CM Reviews, 02/14/20

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