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Loon Summer
     

Loon Summer

by Williams, Andrea Shine (Illustrator)
 

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

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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 lake—watches 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.

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Children's Literature
Dealing with the pain of parents' separation is never easy for children. Rainie reveals her sadness when she and her father spend their first summer at the lake without her mother. The hurtful memories are everywhere. Two loons there are raising their chicks together, while Rainie's father does his best to fill the gap in her life. The reassurance of his love and the permanence of some things bring peace to her as the summer ends. Shine's double-page, watery watercolors reflect Rainie's changing emotions, with distant landscapes across changeable water, skies shifting from pale blues to yellow to violet. The portraits of parent and child round out their characters. Shine integrates bits of cut papers so subtly that one is at first surprised, then intrigued to find more, as they seem to reflect Rainie's internal emotions. 2001, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, $16.00. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-This story perfectly captures a child's pain at her parents' separation. Rainie, who wishes that her parents were like loons that mate for life, adjusts to sharing lazy vacation days at a lake with her dad, who assures her that though the family structure has changed, she will always be loved. As the pair watch chicks hatch and grow; as they swim, fish, and pick blueberries, Rainie adjusts to her new circumstances. Life is different without mom present. When she and her father pick blueberries, they eat them right off the bushes instead of saving them to make jam as her mother used to do. As time passes, she wishes that things could be the way they used to be, but she knows that they can't. On the last night at the cottage, Rainie and her dad sit by a campfire and wish on the North Star. 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.-Alice Casey Smith, Sayreville Public Schools, Parlin, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
An ideal picturebook story for ages 5 and older, Barbara Santucci's Loon Summer is the story of Rainier and her dad as the spend time together on a lakeside cottage. Rainie misses her mom (who no longer lives with her dad), and throughout the summer she watches a pair of loons lay their eggs, hatch babies, and form a loon family. Beautifully illustrated by Andrea Shine, Loon Summer is very highly recommended for family, school, community library collections, as the hopeful story of a child adjusting to the difficult realities of separated parents but who is able to grow in her trust and understanding of the unconditional love her parents will always have for her as their daughter.
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AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS
 
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."
 
Booklist
"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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802851826
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
11.32(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet 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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