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Pages: 32
Themes: epidemic, history, 1913, baby
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2002
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During the flu epidemic of 1913, Lloyd has been sent to relatives in the country. He is frightened of coyotes, illness and independence, but finds himself bundled into a wagon on a stormy night, a tiny nameless baby thrust into his arms. He must get the baby to safety, but will he be able to overcome his fears sufficiently to drive the wagon along the deserted muddy road, as rain pelts down and darkness falls? When the wagon slips sideways into a ditch, Lloyd faces an even greater test.

Canadian Literature - September 1, 2004
"Kilby's excellent oil paintings depict the story and its setting in evocative detail."
Resource Links - December 1, 2003
"Will appeal to readers, young and old alike, and is highly recommended for school and public libraries."
Booklist - January 1, 2003
"A convincing historical context as well as a vivid story." "A Canadian picture book with broad appeal."
CM Magazine - November 15, 2002
"Reynolds' talents as a storyteller are evident in this historically authentic picture book. Simply told, the story engages readers from start to finish." "A gentle, heartwarming book, worthy of purchase." "Highly recommended."
The Globe and Mail - October 5, 2002
"A stirring story."


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Storytelling World Award nominee  | 2004 | Short-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2002 | Commended
Tiny Torgi Print Braille Award nominee  | 2003 | Short-listed

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