Until the Robin Walks on Snow was named a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Awards in the category, FACTION (fiction based on fact). -- 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.
"Baby Antoni was born November, 1922, and while reading this wonderful novella, I spent many months in story time with these people from long ago, holding my breath with them, as they struggled so to save this precious little one, while continuing to try to live their lives at the same time." -- Product Review by Lori Moffit, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC.
"Ms. Rocque's eloquent writing creatively and mindfully manages facts and fiction... To me, the birth of Antoni and the family's focus to save the child during an especially harsh winter is symbolic of the often unpredictable tenuous journey that immigrants face when beginning a new life in an unfamiliar environment." -- Anna Bozena Bowen, award-winning author of HATTIE.
"I really enjoyed this story, and didn't want it to end." -- Liza Perrat, author of Spirit of Lost Angels.
From the Author
Imagine that you are the parent of a newborn weighing one-and-a-half pounds. Now imagine that it is 1922. You have just moved - from a city with some conveniences to a farm with no electricity or running water.
This work of fiction is based on actual events. The mother in the story was my Lithuanian grandmother. My uncle and aunt, who grew up in the 1920s, served as advisers for me. We like to say that this is the story that "might have happened." I wrote it so that most members of a family would be able to read it. It is suitable for ages 10 and up.
Though the Author's Notes which follow the story were intended primarily for my family, I have received numerous favorable comments from other readers who have appreciated the additional information supplied about the family history, characters, ethnic traditions, setting, and medical aspects of the story. Educators may also find these notes useful.