About this book
Pinny In Fall
Isabelle Malenfant • Joanne Schwartz
On a crisp fall day, Pinny decides to go for a walk. She packs a sweater, her rain hat, a book, a snack and her treasure pouch. Set for adventure, Pinny’s day includes a windy game of tag with her friends, an exciting call for help from the lighthouse keeper and a surprising encounter with the falling autumn leaves.
From Joanne Schwartz, author of the acclaimed picture book Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, comes a story of friendship, resourcefulness and the beauty of fall, all cast in the gentle light of Isabelle Malenfant’s soft pastel palette. The four short chapters in this book, suited for newly independent readers, capture the exhilarating feeling of a perfect fall day.
About the Creators
ISABELLE MALENFANT was born in the north of Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val d'Or. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Université du Québec à Montréal, then fell in love with illustration. Since then, Isabelle has illustrated more than twenty children’s books, including the highly acclaimed Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino. She lives with her family in Montreal.
JOANNE SCHWARTZ was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her first picture book, Our Corner Grocery Store, illustrated by Laura Beingessner, was nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She is also the author of Pinny in Summer, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant, and Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.
Awards and Praise
Pinny in Fall
Pinny's pleasure in her friends, in being helpful, and in nature's ephemeral treats is contagious . . . We eagerly await Pinny's winter. Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW
Schwartz dreamily captures the small wonders of childhood and the air of magic that can accompany season’s change. Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
Pinny in Summer
“From this lovely opening through four simple chapters, ‘Pinny in Summer’ sets an idyllic mood … Malenfant’s adorable, windswept watercolors add even more charm to each page.” The New York Times
Town Is by the Sea, illustrated by Sydney Smith
“A quiet book that will stay with readers long after they have closed it.” Kirkus, starred review
“Art and text meld for a powerful glimpse at a way of life that begs inspection. A thoughtful and haunting book that will stay with readers.” School Library Journal, starred review
“This is a moving story, and a fine example of text and pictures in perfect harmony.” Horn Book, starred review
“Hauntingly beautiful.” Booklist, starred review