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Fiction Picture Book
Pages: 64
Themes: imagination, exploration, adventure, nature, garden
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 09/Apr/2019
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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.

Publishers Weekly
"Captures the magic of a solitary hour spent observing nature—and suggests where those observations might lead."
Quill & Quire
"There's no doubting the fluid charm of [this] story."
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"Use in classroom discussions about imagination…as a model for storytelling"
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Interesting juxtapositions of scale…The whole feeling of the book is of a sort of sleepy wonder."
Kiss the Book blog
“This book is perfectly delightful.”
Youth Services Book Review

“A fantastical trip of the imagination…Gorgeous art, almost abstract, with deep watery colors, takes the reader on a completely unique journey.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "Ferrer's unusually whimsical interpretation of an old trope merits the imaginations of its readers…A playful marvel."
Canadian Children's Book News, starred review
★ “Subtle, yet powerful artwork…Readers accompanying Arianne on her odyssey will find themselves entranced.”
The Horn Book Online
“Soft, otherworldly illustrations, which play with size, shape, and perspective, pull the reader through Arianne's apparent dream.”

Awards

Prix Lux  | 2018 | Winner
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2019 | Commended