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Monday, October 17, 2016

Pinny In Summer, written by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. Groundwood, 2016. $16.95 ages 6 and up

"On the way home, Pinny
bumped into her friends Annie
and Lou. They were carrying
pails for blueberry picking.
Perfect," said Pinny.
"I'll come, too. If we
pick enough blueberries, 
I'll make my wild blueberry
cake and we can have a party
to celebrate summer."

Pinny loves life; in four short chapters we learn why.

We first meet Pinny on her own and learn a little something about her. She is on the hunt for a 'wishing rock' and doesn't even mind making a mess of her knee as she scrambles to pick up the most perfect one. Happy to be alone as she explores, Pinny takes joy in the sights and sounds of the world around her.

Then, Pinny and her friends, Annie and Lou, are lost in admiring the clouds instead of picking the blueberries they will need for the cake Pinny has promised to bake for a summer celebration. When a certain cloud reminds them that they have a job to do, they are off! A sudden rainstorm sends them scurrying for home, blueberries in hand.

Each of the two following chapters allow further insight into the little girl, her life and her love of nature. She is a sweet girl with a sunny disposition, always up for adventure and seeing the best in every situation. Isabelle Malenfant captures her joyous nature in warm artwork, created with soft pastel, graphite pencil, Q-tips and an electric eraser. Full of the charm that is Pinny and a picturesque setting full of wonder, this is a book that is sure to be appreciated.

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