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Summer is a poetic, inspirational picture book about the power of kindness from two of China's most acclaimed creators - and children will discover a surprise as they turn the pages!

During a hot summer day in the grasslands, a group of animals race to claim the single spot of shade - under one tiny leaf that clings to a branch. The animals fight until they are inspired by an act of love to offer shade to one another.

Through lyrical text from Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Cao Wenxuan, the story comes alive with bright, delicate art from award-winning illustrator Yu Rong and provides a vivid introduction to animals. In the middle of the book, pages grow shorter and then longer to emphasize each selfless action and to remind children of the importance of sharing and being kind.

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"An exquisitely calibrated fable." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Children will return often to enjoy the interactive opportunities." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Genre: Children's Fiction

Used availability for Wenxuan Cao's Summer

Hardback Editions

May 2019 : USA Hardback

Title: Summer: Animals Share in a Poetic Tale of Kindness
Author(s): Cao Wenxuan
ISBN: 1-250-31006-7 / 978-1-250-31006-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Imprint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

November 2016 : New Zealand Hardback

Title: Summer
Author(s): Cao Wenxuan
ISBN: 0-9941316-3-1 / 978-0-9941316-3-8 (New Zealand edition)
Publisher: Eunoia Publishing Limited
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   

Kindle Editions

May 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition

Title: Summer: Animals Share in a Poetic Tale of Kindness
Author(s): Cao Wenxuan
Publisher: Imprint
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA