A timely and relevant picture book about the power of community

Product Code: 9099
ISBN: 9781623719098
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Crocodile Books
Pages: 32
Published Date: 11/09/2021
Availability:In stock
Price: $17.95

Finding himself alone and scared in the middle of a storm, a small mouse finds comfort and strength when he sees another boat and is joined by others. They ride out the storm together—close enough to see each other, but not close enough to crash.

In a gentle metaphor for the global pandemic, Adrift is a way to start conversations with young readers about fear, hope and being together even from afar. It was written by award-winning children’s author Heidi E. Y. Stemple while she was in lockdown missing her friends and family. Her beautiful words are brought to life by Anastasia Suvorova, who has won high acclaim for illustrating stories about nature, children, dreams, traveling, magic, hope, and kindness.

Ages 3 to 12.

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"This moving story, with wondrous art, feels like childhood itself. The journey of eagerness, discovery, joy, and fear—with comfort the end.” – Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall

“Readers will take heart in this tender volume’s message of finding comfort and hope in community. Ages 3–12.” – Publishers Weekly

“Abstract patterns overlay a swirling storm of cool tones giving way to a warm celebration in this potent story about how, despite appearances, none of us are weathering storms alone. Little Mouse is adrift in a roiling sea, ‘more than a little scared’ and ‘very alone.’ In the distance, he spies another boat, then another and another. Though the storm still rages and he is still afraid, Little Mouse draws strength from his companions as they wait to be reunited at storm’s end.” – Foreword, Starred Review

“A sweet parable to add to the pandemic shelves, with an easily understood message … The message will be crystal clear to adults, and is compelling enough to engage children … readers will find parallels in their own lives and in current events. Perfect for one-on-one reading, this has beautiful soft illustrations in grays and blues that highlight the sea when it is storming. Each of the boats that joins Little Mouse has colored sails, and once everyone is on land, bright colors explode across the page.” – School Library Journal

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