Loon Summer Paperback – August 26, 2010
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Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year (2002)
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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
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While I would hope that divorce would be rare in conservative Christian circles, I know it isn't. I never really thought about what to do with and how to help children affected by the problems of their parents before. I've been blessed to not have to think too carefully about this up until recently.
This book from Eerdmans is an attempt to help express the emotions and difficulties of a young girl who realizes family vacations aren't and won't be the same without having both her mom and dad with her. The dad and his daughter spend time together at the lake in their cabin. By the end of the book, the girl is more at peace with this new reality, she loves her dad, and her mom both. It's sad reading, but I think for older children recently impacted by divorce or even with the death of a parent, this book may help them cope and be a blessing.
Disclaimer: This book was provided by Eerdman Books for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.