by Jane Monroe Donovan
It may be Christmastime but on a small, forlorn farm the holiday season is best forgotten, along with painful memories of loved ones lost. Mother Nature has other plans, however, and a chance snowstorm brings together two unlikely hearts, one human and one beast, yet both yearning for comfort, companionship, and that most elusive gift of all, hope. This lustrous jewel of a story, quietly told and perfectly complemented by soft, evocative paintings, reminds even the most cynical of readers that the heart indeed can recover and go on.Jane Monroe Donovan's parents encouraged her to follow her heart and it led to her love of sketching and painting. Her affection for animals is reflected in much of her subject matter. Jane makes her home in Pinckney, Michigan, with her husband Bruce and their two sons, Ryan and Joey. Other members of their family include their two dogs, Belle and Grizzly, a Siamese cat named Maylee, and their two horses, Ameera and Cherokee Rose. In addition to Winter's Gift, Jane has also illustrated three other titles for Sleeping Bear Press: My Teacher Likes to Say; My Momma Likes to Say; and Sunny Numbers: A Florida Counting Book.
- Dewey: E
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Hardcover (9781585362318): 32 pages, 10 (w) x 10 (h), © 2005, 09/22/2004
- PDF (9781627531443): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Hosted ebook (9781627533713): 32 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
- Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
- ATOS Reading Level: 4.0
- ATOS Interest Level: LG
- Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 85587
- Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / 19th Century (JNF025200)
- JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / Military & Wars (JNF025130)
- Writers Notes Book Award--Children's Category, Winner, 2006
- IRA Children's Book Award Notable, Commended, 2005
- Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award nominee, Runner-up, 2005
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Author, Illustrator: Jane Monroe Donovan
Jane Monroe Donovan's parents encouraged her to follow her heart and it led to her love of sketching and painting. Her affection for animals is reflected in much of her subject matter. Jane makes her home in Pinckney, Michigan, with her husband and their two sons, along with a menagerie of pets. Jane is the author and illustrator of Winter's Gift.