How Robin Saved Spring
By Debbie Ouellet
Illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli
Published by Henry Holt
Debbie Ouellet has a special fondness for robins—her maiden name happens to be Robins. One spring day, she was inspired by the throaty sound of a robin calling—Up! Up! Up!—as if it was literally running around waking things. Ms. Ouellet has had her work published in children’s magazines and journals. This is her first book for young readers. She lives in Loretto, Ontario.
Nicoletta Ceccoli studied at the State Institute of Art in Urbino, Italy, and is the award-winning illustrator of many books for children, including The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum by Kate Bernheimer and Horns and Wrinkles by Joseph Helgerson. She was awarded the silver medal by the Society of Illustrators and won the Andersen Prize, honoring her as the best children’s book illustrator in Italy. She lives in San Marino, Italy.
If Lady Winter has her way, the world will stay covered in blankets of snowy white and icy blue. Sister Spring will slumber forever and the winter will never end. Can Lady Winter really keep spring from coming, or is there something the animals might do to help? Led by harbinger Robin, the animals are determined to be successful in waking Sister Spring, but what price will they each have to pay? Through beautiful words and pictures, this enchanting tale about the battle of the seasons highlights one very special bird who saves much more than just the day.
Also chosen as book of the month by Cookie Magazine.