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    And J.J. Slept Loretta Garbutt, Erika Rodriguez Medina
    9781525304194 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Family Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:May 03, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 8.5 x 10.2 x 0.6 in | 0.81 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this sweet tale of family life from the author of A Stopwatch from Grampa, a boisterous adoptive family welcomes their new baby boy --- who, thankfully, has a unique requirement for sleeping!When J.J. arrives at his new home, his family is bubbling over with excitement to meet him! The four children welcome their tiny new brother, then, when he falls asleep, Dad asks them to try to be quiet. In no time at all, though, the clamor of family life grows loud with drumming on the table, shouting across the room and chattering to the dog. But to everyone's surprise, J.J. sleeps through it all! Even when the children are running and yelling in his room, J.J. sleeps. “Not much seems to bother this little fella,” says Dad. Well, as they discover, there is one thing that disturbs baby J.J.'s sleep . . .Author Loretta Garbutt, whose debut picture book, A Stopwatch from Grampa, was named one of Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2020, perfectly captures the small moments of family life that loom large to young children. Here, a family welcomes their newest member, who has been adopted, a situation not often portrayed in picture books. It's a heartwarming story that hits all the right notes: humor, a family focus and a delicious twist --- the baby hates a quiet house! It offers a wonderful opportunity for conversations about what it means to be a family. The illustrations by Erika Rodriguez Medina warmly portray the busyness of the household and the closeness of the family members, along with loads of relatable and funny antics going on around the baby.
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      Loretta Garbutt is a children's book author, bookseller and voice actor known for her work on the popular children's television show Max and Ruby. Her debut picture book, A Stopwatch from Grampa, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2020. Loretta lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
      Erika Rodriguez Medina is an illustrator and art teacher based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her favorite things to illustrate are expressive characters, grumpy children and nature. She is particularly interested in mythology and folklore from her home country of Mexico. Her previous work includes Margot and the Moon Landing, There Goes Patti McGee! and 48 Grasshopper Estates.
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      A good discussion starter, this poignant, accessible picture book explores grief, the comfort provided by the passage of time, and the way in which memories allow us to keep loved ones in our hearts forever.—School Library Journal, starred review (Praise for A Stopwatch from Grampa)
      An excellent and understated portrayal of grief from a child's perspective.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review (Praise for A Stopwatch from Grampa)
      This story about loss, grief, and healing is both appealing and accessible.—Cooperative Children`s Book Center (Praise for A Stopwatch from Grampa)
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    Another Squiggly Story Andrew Larsen, Mike Lowery
    9781525304828 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3, Reading age from 4 - 8 On Sale Date:May 03, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 9.38 x 9.38 x 0.38 in | 0.94 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In the inspirational sequel to Andrew Larsen's A Squiggly Story, a boy meets a blank page in this fun exploration of the writing process, celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and letting your imagination roam.The young boy listens as Mr. Lopez tells his class about next week's assignment: write a story about yourself. “You can write about ANYTHING,” he says, “as long as you write about YOU.” Marcus is going to write about his hat collection. Alia is going to write about the vampires she talks about all the time. But all the boy can come up with is a title: “The Story of Me by Me.” He can't figure out what it should be about. His sister suggests starting with lists --- Things I Like, Things I Know. Only, the things all seem disconnected. Is there some way to connect them, and make them into a story?The kindergartener who learned to use squiggles to write a story in award-winning Andrew Larsen's A Squiggly Story is now in second grade and learning to write an autobiography. Told in the same authentic child's voice, this playful book encourages readers to just start, even if they don't know how their story will go. It offers an accessible early language arts lesson on the writing process, exploring important basics (brainstorming, first draft, revising) and key terms (autobiography, editing, title, cover). Mike Lowery's bold illustrations incorporate story panels and dialogue bubbles, keeping the energy high and giving a fresh and modern feel to the pages. A strong tie-in with early literacy curricula, this book also works well for supplementary or at-home learning. It's a perfect choice to inspire the storyteller in every child!
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      Andrew Larsen is the author of many books for children, including Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden; A Squiggly Story; The Bagel King; In the Tree House; The Imaginary Garden; and The Man Who Loved Libraries. Andrew lives in Toronto, Ontario.
      Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.
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      A positive tale of how a story can emerge organically from an inkling of an idea to an imaginative literary excursion ...—Kirkus Reviews - starred review (Praise for A Squiggly Story)
      A Squiggly Story is a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms, let alone put a complete sentence together.—New York Times (Praise for A Squiggly Story)
      This playful multilayered story about sparking the mind is loaded with opportunities for readers to consider different kinds of storytelling.—Booklist (Praise for A Squiggly Story)
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    Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind Monica Silvie, Elina Ellis
    9781525303388 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 8.5 x 10.55 x 0.6 in | 0.9 lb | 36 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A flying masked bandit (code name: Chickadee) discovers he isn't quite who he thinks he is in this fresh and delightful tale about discovering one's true nature.Meet Chickadee. Criminal. Rapscallion. All-around bad seed. Sure, he started out obeying the rules, following his parents' advice about finding things to eat and staying away from houses. But then . . . winter arrives. And it's so much harder to find food in winter! So when Chickadee spies a “vault” full of “gold” near a house by the park (Wait, wasn't there something to remember about houses?), he cleverly devises a plan to snatch the “vault full of treasure” without getting caught! He is the King of Thieves! Only, hmm, the humans near the vault seem to want him to visit. Maybe Chickadee's not a criminal after all?Monica Silvie's fun first-person storytelling will have readers falling in love with this cheeky and enormously appealing bird and his endearingly misinformed self-perception. Chickadee's growing understanding that he's not actually a criminal, and that what he really wants is a friend, adds a lovely poignancy to the humor. Elina Ellis's charming, hilarious illustrations bring the adorable Chickadee to life; the way he looks directly at readers with wide-eyed sincerity while he speaks to them is particularly effective. A spread at the back contains facts about black-capped chickadees --- illustrated with comments from Chickadee himself --- along with further reading and sources, making this both a terrific picture book read-aloud and a great supplement to life science lessons on characteristics and habitats of animals. With such a seamless blend of entertainment and information, learning has never been so much fun!
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      Monica Silvie practiced law for over fifteen years before returning to her earliest passion, writing for children. She has a certificate in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind is her first book.
      Elina Ellis was born in Ukraine and has an MA in children's book illustration from Anglia Ruskin University. She creates both her own books and illustrates books for others, including The Reptile Club and This Is the Path the Wolf Took. She lives in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
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    Clementine and the Lion Zoey Abbott, Zoey Abbott
    9781525305627 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3, Reading age from 4 - 8 On Sale Date:May 03, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 9.35 x 11.35 x 0.6 in | 1.09 lb | 48 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A plucky and self-determined girl confronts an unexpected houseguest in this imaginative tale reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Maurice Sendak.Since her parents are ogres of the worst kind, Clementine is rather relieved when her mother is snatched by dragons and her father is lost at sea in a bottle. Now she eats when and where she pleases. She does her hair as she likes, or not, depending on her mood. She is happy. But when a lion appears, uninvited, in her living room, Clementine's pleasant world is suddenly upended. And when he eats all the food and wrecks her home, Clementine realizes there's nothing she can do but leave. Or is there?With its surprising plot twists, fantastically imagined storyline, and dark(ish) humor, Zoey Abbott's highly entertaining picture book offers young children a brave --- and resourceful! --- new heroine for their time. Clementine, a girl with an inspiring independent streak and an enormous mass of orange hair, is an unforgettable character who knows her mind and handles life with courage and aplomb. The inventively playful illustrations use small details to convey big emotions, sure to pull in children for a closer look. This book is full of the positive character education themes of self-respect, initiative, responsibility and teamwork. It also offers wonderful lessons on standing up for yourself, nonjudgment and finding friendships in unexpected places.
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      Zoey Abbott is the author-illustrator of I Do Not Like Yolanda and Pig and Horse and the Something Scary. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family.
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    Franz's Phantasmagorical Machine Beth Anderson, Caroline Hamel
    9781525303258 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical Age (years) from 5 - 8, Grade (US) from K - 3, Reading age from 5 - 8 On Sale Date:May 03, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 9.38 x 9.38 x 0.38 in | 0.94 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      For every child who longs to make the most amazing thing, here's a delightful picture book biography of a determined self-taught inventor who never stops following the call to imagine, discover, create.From the time he is a small boy, Franz is curious about machines and how they work. He wants to try to build his own. Even though he's needed to work on the family farm, and later marries and has a family of his own, Franz never gives up on his dream. He learns and tries and tests his ideas all on his own. And though many people don't understand or appreciate Franz's work, when his fantastic, complex creation is completed at long last, he finally finds an audience that recognizes his genius.Beth Anderson's uplifting picture book biography offers an engaging look at the inspiring life of Franz Gsellmann, an inventor from rural Austria who, with no formal artistic or engineering training, built an elaborate, intricate machine called the Weltmaschine (World Machine). The well-told story extols the joy of curiosity and inventing for inventing's sake, and explores the concept of mechanical-kinetic sculptures, in which art and science intersect. Whimsical illustrations by Caroline Hamel help bring the subject to life. Supporting backmatter includes an author's note, resources, a biography of Franz, an explanation of the machine, a search-and-find activity and questions to get children thinking about their own ideas that could lead to fun classroom activities. This book has strong STEAM curriculum links, particularly in technology and structures, and valuable character education lessons in courage, perseverance and resilience.
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      Beth Anderson is a former educator and the author of An Inconvenient Alphabet, Lizzie Demands a Seat! and several other books for children. When she's not writing, she might be weaving, gardening, exploring nature or playing with her grandkids. Born and raised in Illinois, she now lives near the mountains in Colorado.
      Caroline Hamel worked in graphic design and advertising before creating a travel diary that sparked a love for illustration. She has illustrated several books for French-language publishers and now works full time as an illustrator and designer from her home in Montreal, Quebec.
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    Itzel and the Ocelot Rachel Katstaller, Rachel Katstaller
    9781525305061 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 8.5 x 11 in | 40 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A gorgeous picture book inspired by a traditional Central American Indigenous story about a snake with the power to bring the rain, told in lyrical language and evocative art, and subtly conveying an environmental theme.Itzel listens as her nana tells the story of when the giant snake would be awakened from its sleep: “And first with a whisper that would rustle the leaves, and then with a deep thunderous cry, the giant snake would bring the arrival of the rainy season.” But now, since many no longer believe in the snake, her nana says, “It has returned to the place where the water is born.” Now, Itzel and her nana are desperate for rain to water their bone-dry crops. So Itzel decides she must find and awaken the snake herself. She sets out in the night alone, but soon she is joined by an ocelot, and a bevy of other jungle creatures in need of the rain. And Itzel worries, is she leading them on a fruitless journey?This rich, beautifully told folk tale from author and illustrator Rachel Katstaller was inspired by a traditional story she heard growing up in El Salvador. The story features words from an Indigenous language, Nawat, that was once on the verge of extinction and animals native to Central America, including the ocelot who becomes Itzel's guardian spirit. Lush dark-toned illustrations play with shadow and light to evoke the thrilling feel of a night spent deep in the jungle, giving the book a magical quality. An author's note provides further context and a glossary of Spanish and Nawat words. A perfect choice for character education lessons on courage, optimism and perseverance, with an environmental message sure to resonate with today's readers.
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      Rachel Katstaller is a children's book illustrator from El Salvador, a tiny country in the tropics of Central America. She now lives and works in a studio perched in the Austrian Alps, where she daydreams about eating croissants in Paris. Her cat, Hemingway, was named after a famous writer who was once mentored by Gertrude Stein.
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    Pugs Cause Traffic Jams Jennifer McGrath, Kathryn Durst
    9781525303401 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:May 03, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 9.38 x 10.38 x 0.38 in | 0.92 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      Mayhem abounds in this romp of a story about a girl's search for her missing dog --- and about the dog who's just chasing a wild adventure!A girl races all over town looking for her lost pug, Kirby. As she asks one dog owner in town after another if they've seen her missing pet, readers are treated to poetically succinct depictions of every dog breed the girl comes across in the neighborhood. “Golden retrievers are pleasers. Poodles are overachievers. Border collies are always on the job.” While at the same time, each alternating spread reveals the story of where her dog actually is, defined by the repeated phrase “But pugs cause traffic jams!” It's a dog's world of fun all around! Who could resist falling in love with this pug? (Hint: no one!)Award-winning author Jennifer McGrath has crafted a funny, clever ode to the world's most beloved pets. The repetitive pattern of the catchy refrain “But pugs cause traffic jams” is sure to have children reciting it on cue, making this a lively storytime choice. Kathryn Durst's richly colored illustrations of the dogs and their perfectly paired people keep the visual interest high, while the speech bubbles add humor and energy. This delightful picture book with a strong focus on community is one that's sure to get children talking about dogs they have known, making it an easy jumping-off point for exploring animal traits and the unique characteristics of different dog breeds. It would also work well as a writing prompt for children to create their own descriptive dog or pet stories.
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      Jennifer McGrath is an Atlantic Canadian author of several books for children including The Snow Knows, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Jennifer loves dogs of all kinds and lives in Hillsborough, New Brunswick, with Tikka the Labrador retriever (as well as a cat, a fish and a pony).
      Kathryn Durst is a children's book illustrator who lives in Peterborough, Ontario, with her grumpy mini dachshund named Chili Dog. With a degree in animation from Sheridan College, she has worked with various animation studios, including an internship with Pixar Animation Studios. Kathryn now works full time as a children's book illustrator, and you can find her work in Hey Grandude! and Grandude's Green Submarine, written by Paul McCartney.
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    Tayra's Not Talking Lana Button, Christine Battuz
    9781525304842 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 9.38 x 9.38 x 0.38 in | 0.84 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      There's a new kid in the kindergarten class, but she won't say a word! But ... does it really matter? This sweet story has a timely message: there are many ways to make --- and be --- a friend!The students in Miss Seabrooke's kindergarten class don't understand why the new student won't respond when they talk to her. Speaking LOUDER doesn't help. Tayra doesn't even answer the teacher! Should they just leave her be? Maybe, Kitty decides, she can show Tayra things instead of telling her. Happily, it works! Soon the pair find they can communicate with gestures, dancing, drawings and smiles. And when the others see how much fun they're having, they join in, too! It seems words aren't the only way to connect and be friends!In this charming picture book, Lana Button uses playful, cadenced rhyming text to explore the art of making a friend. This story sensitively captures a kindergartener's fears and uncertainties, especially around being new and “different” and models compassion, acceptance and friendship as a reassuring way for others to respond. Christine Battuz's expressive illustrations clearly convey the friends' emotions as they process this new experience and try to decide what to do about it. This book is a perfect springboard for discussions about feelings, friendship, differences and belonging. It's a strong choice for character education lessons on kindness, empathy, inclusiveness and caring.
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      Lana Button works in early childhood education. She is the author of Willow's Whispers, Willow Finds a Way, Willow's Smile and My Teacher's Not Here! Lana studied theater performance at Concordia University in Montreal, and now lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and three daughters.
      Christine Battuz has illustrated over sixty books for children, including Wade's Wiggly Antlers and What If Bunny's NOT a Bully?, and has taught art to children of all ages. She lives in Bromont, Quebec.
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      This book nicely helps young readers process a common concern ...—Kirkus Reviews (Praise for My Teacher's Not Here!)
      ... the message of giving friends a second chance is well expressed, and teachers will find a useful opportunity in identifying for children who the real victim of bullying is in this story.—Booklist (Praise for What if Bunny's NOT a Bully?)
      A playful approach to a serious topic, this is a great choice for young readers to explore what it means to be a bully and the reflect on the power of forgiveness.—School Library Journal (Praise for What if Bunny's NOT a Bully?)
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    Up and Adam Debbie Zapata, Yong Ling Kang
    9781525304415 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 On Sale Date:May 03, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 9.38 x 10.38 x 0.38 in | 0.92 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:30 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      A winning, uplifting story about a boy with Down syndrome who helps his neighbors in the aftermath of a storm in a way only he can.It's the morning after the big storm. Adam and his dog, Up, are finishing breakfast when Adam sees the mayor on TV asking everyone to pitch in with the cleanup. She says, “Now, it's time to get to work. Up and at 'em!” When Adam hears the mayor tell him and Up to get to work, he's on it! “We can help!” he says. All day, the pair do what they can --- clearing the sidewalk, fixing a birdhouse, passing out cookies. But it turns out, Adam's most important contribution to his community is one he doesn't even think about --- his smile. Because when anyone sees Adam smile, they smile, too. And as Adam says, “A pair of smiles can make a difference.”Debbie Zapata's sweet story scores on two fronts: it features an endearing and authentic representation of a child with Down syndrome, focused on his abilities, not disabilities, and it offers an inspiring model of how everyone can make a difference in their community. Adam's Down syndrome is not referenced in the story but is addressed in an author's note, which also includes information about Down syndrome, and resources. Adam's open-hearted and infectious smile lights the pages as he lifts spirits all over town in Yong Ling Kang's illustrations, which thoughtfully feature details in Adam's clothing and belongings that are sensitive to his needs. The book is full of positive examples of community, contributing and inclusion, and beautifully captures the character education themes of kindness, teamwork, initiative and citizenship.
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      Debbie Zapata is a children's book author who believes that kids need characters who look like them and who overcome obstacles and make a difference in the world. She also works as a therapist helping families who have children with special needs, as well as partners with school districts on diversity and inclusion. Debbie and her family live in Austin, Texas. Up and Adam is her debut picture book.
      Yong Ling Kang was born in Malaysia and grew up in Singapore. She is fascinated by storytelling, and has honed her craft through picture books, manga, cartoons and formal schooling in an animation program. Yong Ling has illustrated several picture books, including The Midnight Club, This House Is Home, Tanna's Owl and William's Getaway. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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    When the Wind Came Jan Andrews, Dorothy Leung
    9781525303395 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 4 - 7 On Sale Date:June 07, 2022
    $21.99 CAD 9.5 x 9.5 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Kids Can Press
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      In this timely, poetic story of hope amid loss, acclaimed writer and storyteller Jan Andrews's touching picture book reminds us how, even on the darkest days, light can always be found.It's a normal day, at first, for a girl on her family farm. But soon, the wind picks up. It blows harder and harder and harder. Her mother grabs her baby brother. Her father opens the door to the root cellar. The family piles in and sits in darkness. When they are finally able to emerge, their home is gone. Through a series of short sentences, many beginning with “I remember ... ,” readers share with the girl her experience of shock, terror, sadness and, finally, hope.Acclaimed, award-winning children's author and storyteller Jan Andrews's last-ever picture book contains a beautiful and grace-filled story of resilience. Using a child's point of view and the perspective of remembering, Andrews's expressive writing provides comfort as it portrays the way joy and laughter can be found in even the worst times. Dorothy Leung uses fluid lines to convey the energy and the emotional arc of the story as her images move quickly from ordinary to extraordinary. With so many natural and human-caused disasters affecting children every day, this deceptively simple book offers a gentle discussion-starter as it captures a universal experience through one specific story.
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      Jan Andrews is the award-winning author of numerous books for children, including The Auction, The Very Last First Time, Stories at the Door and Rude Stories. She has been a Governor General's Award finalist three times, was the founding president of Storytellers of Canada, and was appointed to the Order of Canada.
      Dorothy Leung studied and worked in architecture before taking the headlong plunge into her illustration dream. In her work she strives to evoke empathy, nostalgia and wonder. When the Wind Came is her first book; The Bird Feeder is her second. Dorothy lives near Tkaronto (Toronto), Ontario.
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