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Loon Summer Paperback – August 26, 2010

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Editorial Reviews


ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year AwardsFinalist, Children's Picture Book (2001)
Bank Street CollegeBest Children's Books of the Year (2002)

School Library Journal
"This story perfectly captures a child's pain at her parents' separation. . . . Shine's gorgeous spreads capture relaxing moments of summer vacation. Soft, watercolor washes provide a soothing backdrop to Rainie's moodiness and sorrow; bits of cut-paper collage add an intriguing dimension to the illustrations. The father-daughter relationship is beautifully and thoughtfully depicted, so the ending is a hopeful one."
Chicago Parent
"There's no shortage of books about young children faced with divorce or separated parents, but this is one of the few that centers on the relationship between a child and her Dad. Soft watercolors catch both the poignancy and beauty of the wilderness."
Church and Synagogue Libraries
"The lovely, large, realistic watercolor illustrations display the beauty of the natural setting in a soft pensive mood. . . They are a perfect match for the warm and understanding text."
Publishers Weekly
"Santucci makes her picture book debut with a delicate story about a girl and her father who are spending their first summer at the lake without the girl's mother. . . . Shine's textured art captures the child's emotional swings and her bond with her father, as well as the serenity of the lakeside setting. Especially impressive is the illustrator's use of light and color to create fittingly changing landscapes."
"Unwavering parental love is the lesson of Loon Summer."
Christian Library Journal
"Loon Summer is a perfect book for sharing with a child trying to understand the changes resulting from divorce . . . (and) will be good to share even if divorce is not an issue."

About the Author

Barbara Santucci is a freelance author and artist whoteaches creative writing and art workshops for children andadults. She has written three picture books. Her firstpicture book, Loon Summer (Eerdmans), dealt with achild's adjustment to her parents' separation and waspraised for its depiction of ?unwavering parental love?(Associated Press). Barbara lives with her family inRockford, Illinois.

Andrea Shine has illustrated over a dozen children's books,including The Summer My Father Was Ten by PatBrisson (Boyds Mills Press), winner of the ChristopherAward. Although she grew up in Europe, Andrea has happymemories of summertime family reunions with her Americanrelatives. She now lives with her family in Southampton,New York.

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