Publication Date: March 2011
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Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jackrabbit in an abandoned burrow, since her family occupies an empty farmhouse near the fields, sometimes like a kitten, as she shares a bed with her sisters . . . But above all Anna wonders what it would be like to be a tree rooted deeply in the earth, watching the seasons come and go, instead of being like a "feather in the wind."
•An ALA Notable Children's Book, 2012
•A New York Times Best Illustrated Book, 2011
•Short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award for Illustration, 2011
"Without a heavy message, this sensitive offering captures a small child’s experience of constant upheaval as she flies like a feather in the wind." —Booklist
"The words and images could stand alone as feats of artistic excellence. Together, they form a package that should become a staple for kids learning about Canada’s diverse population." —Quill and Quire, starred review
" … moving, inventive and thoughtful …" —Kirkus Reviews
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