Cover image for Rooster summer / Robert Heidbreder ; illustrated by Madeline Kloepper.
Rooster summer / Robert Heidbreder ; illustrated by Madeline Kloepper.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, 2018.

Physical Description:
63 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm
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A cocky morning crowing

and a day-break braying.

For the brother and sister in this novel in verse, each day begins with a barnyard wakeup call. During a summer spent on their grandparents' farm, they collect eggs from the chicken coop, put on shows for city folks in passing trains, fill in for the farm dog by barking the cows home and dance around the perfectly ripening watermelon growing in Grandma's garden. All of these barnyard adventures happen in the company of Rexter the rooster, Seed-Sack the mule and Ginger-Tea the farm dog -- animal friends that will steal readers' hearts over the course of a carefree rooster summer.

Based on award-winning poet Robert Heidbreder's childhood, these irresistible read-aloud poems show the tender relationship between children and their grandparents. Madeline Kloepper brings the cast of lovable human and animal characters to life with her vintage art style. This early novel in verse about the simple joys of childhood on a farm is nostalgic yet timeless.

Author Notes

Robert Heidbreder is an award-winning children's poet and author. His many books include I Wished for a Unicorn, Drumheller Dinosaur Dance and Song for a Summer Night (Groundwood, 2015), which was short-listed for the BC Book Prize. In spring of 2018, Groundwood will publish Rooster Summer, a new collection of poems. Robert spent thirty years as a primary school teacher and, in 2002, won the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, and continues to do many school and festival presentations.

Madeline Kloepper is a Canadian artist who has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Although she grew up in the lower mainland of British Columbia amidst a sea of humans and spent a few years in Vancouver, she has since migrated northward to Prince George. Madeline's work is influenced by childhood, nostalgia and the relationships we forge with nature. She has also illustrated Little Blue Chair by Cary Fagan.

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