Apples and Butterflies

Shauntay Grant

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Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781551099354
Item NB1024
PublisherNimbus Publishing
PublisherNimbus Publishing
Published on October 5 2012
Language eng
Pages 32
Format Hardcover
Dimensions10.25(in) x 8.25(in)
Shipping weight380(g)
Shauntay Grant is a writer and performance artist based in Halifax. She is the author of several books for children including Up Home, winner of an Atlantic Book Award for Best Atlantic Published Book, and Africville, nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She teaches creative writing at Dalhousie University.

Tamara Thiébeaux Heikalo is the illustrator of fourteen books for children, including Driftwood Dragons and The Cat from Kosovo. She has been an artist from very early on in her life, creating whimsical, caricatural, and realistic imagery.

Quick Quotes

A young girl narrator describes a family getaway to Prince Edward Island in this charmingly illustratedpicture book with poetic touches. Following a refrain of “I want to,” she relates scenarios such as “I wantto rest inside a sunrise dream / an endless stretch of sea and sand and foam.” Here, we see her joyfullygreeting a swirly pastel sky. The lyrical text, with only a few lines per page, is simply constructed, thoughit’s occasionally esoteric for kids—for instance, “I just want to breathe / breathe air that tastes like apples: /red / ripe.” Nonetheless, the intricate, vibrant artwork incorporates playful and evocative elements, and thewarm portrayal of a family appreciating nature’s wonders and sharing in familiar activities like walkingthe beach or picking apples may inspire readers to dream or reminisce about their own vacations with, asthe girl says, “no alarm clocks / and no chores . . . only time / lots and lots of time.”