Jeanette I love the letter form of the story, the beautiful illustrations, the layers in the story and dear little Simmy.
You have expressed so deftly, feelings that children and their special people go through when hard things happen. And you have told a tale that also has so much humour in it, and wonder and connection. I keep marvelling at this story, warming feet by the fire; Simmy lying on tummy with head down the hatch, the mountains, the bath, the coal range, driftwood, the truck not going, those fine and smelly, noisy little blue creatures, the missions outside in the dark…. So much richness in this Jeanette I cried, then smiled, then cried, then kept on smiling. It is so gentle, real and sweet – and funny. Yay!! You did it!!