Loon Summer by Barbara Santucci


Loon Summer by Barbara Santucci

My first morning on the lake I hear the loons. Oh-OOOO-oooo. Their sad songs remind me that Mom isn't coming to the cottage this summer. Rainie knows that this summer will be different. As she and her dad do the things they've always done at the cottage, Rainie is painfully aware of her mom's absence. Throughout the summer Rainie watches a pair of loons on the lakewatches as they lay eggs, hatch babies, and are together as a loon family. My teacher says loons stay together for life. Why can't you and Mom? she asks her dad. Loon Summer is an authentic, hopeful story of a child adjusting to the difficult reality of changes in her own family. As summer progresses, Rainie grows in her trust and understanding of the unconditional love each of her parents will always have for her.


AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, Finalist, Children's Picture Book (2001)Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year (2002)

This story perfectly captures a child's pain at her parents

. ... 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

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

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.

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32 pages


Barbara Santucci
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Publication date

1st August 2010



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