By Marthe Jocelyn
(Tundra Books, Hardcover, 9780887766763, 32pp.)
Publication Date: March 9, 2004
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School is over! Hurry, pack up all your summer clothes (don’t forget your bathing suit!), load everything into the car, and find a spot in the backseat. Summer is about to begin.
The siblings in Marthe Jocelyn’s new picture book can’t wait to get to the cottage. The smell of pine needles, the first swim off the dock, playing summer games, and greeting their old friend, the rowboat Mayfly, are among the summer fun that young readers will identify with.
Delightfully illustrated with Jocelyn’s signature collages, Mayfly captures the incomparable excitement of the beginning of summer vacation and those seemingly endless days that follow, which children (and grown-ups) look forward to all year round.
Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. Her second picture book, Hannah’s Collections, was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Literary Award for illustration. She has created four picture books using cloth and paper collages, and has written five novels for older readers, including Mable Riley, which will also release this Spring. Marthe Jocelyn lives in New York City and Stratford, Ontario with her artist husband, Tom Slaughter, and their daughters.