LOON SUMMER

Barbara Santucci, Author, Andrea Shine, Illustrator , illus. by Andrea Shine. Eerdmans $16 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8028-5182-6

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. As they watch a pair of loons on the water, the child asks her father, "You told me loons stay together for life.... Why can't you and Mom?" Her father responds, "Things change [but] some parts will be the same." Yet the differences—and her mother's absence—loom large: the youngster makes a flower necklace by herself, placing it over her head like her mother "always did"; and when Rainie and her father eat blueberries right off the bushes rather than bring them home so that her mother could make jam, the girl concedes, "They still taste sweet." Rainie narrates, but while Santucci's language is graceful, it occasionally veers from a childlike sensibility ("I sit on the greening grass"; the loons fly "with their necks stretched south"), and Rainie's emotional growth feels somewhat forced. A subtle, inventive meshing of watercolors and cut-paper, Shine's (The Summer My Father Was Ten) 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 skyscapes. Ages 5-up. (May)

Reviewed on: 05/28/2001
Release date: 04/01/2005
Show other formats
FORMATS
Paperback - 978-0-8028-5389-9
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.