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Pinny in Summer

Written by Joanne Schwartz

Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554987825
  • 8.5" x 7.5"
  • from grade P to grade 2



Publication Date May 01, 2016

This engaging story, told in chapter-like episodes, follows Pinny on a long, lazy summer day. As sunshine turns to rain and back to sun again, Pinny searches for a wishing rock, watches clouds, picks wild blueberries, feeds a seagull, and bakes a cake to share with her friends.

An ideal book for children beginning to make the jump to independent reading, Pinny in Summer demonstrates the joy young people find in nature and an unstructured life. Pinny is allowed to explore her world freely, and her small setbacks and triumphs will be familiar to every child.

With charming illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant and a spare, poetic text from author Joanne Schwartz, Pinny in Summer is a bright and inviting picture book that captures all the delight of a perfect summer day.


Joanne Schwartz

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. Her other books include City Alphabet and City Numbers, with photos by Matt Beam, and two Inuit folktales with Cape Dorset elder Qaunaq Mikkigak — The Legend of the Fog, illustrated by Danny Christopher, and Grandmother Ptarmigan, illustrated by Qin Leng. Her most recent book is Pinny in Summer, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. Joanne has been a children’s librarian for more than twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.

Isabelle Malenfant
Isabelle Malenfant was born in the north of Quebec, between gold mines and lakes, in the city of Val d'Or city. 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 a dozen children’s books. Her illustration style mixes mediums such as watercolor, pastel and charcoal to create poetic and sensitive worlds. She lives with her family in Montreal.


"Whether used as a read-aloud or a bridge between early readers and chapter books, a serene treat." Kirkus Reviews

"Malenfant's cartoon illustrations have a pleasing mixture of lightness and detail that greatly benefit the text." School Library Journal

"Schwartz once again shows us how to wonder and delight in the extraordinariness of the ordinary, and Malenfant's pictures with their violet hues are just as lovely." 49th Shelf

"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