A timely and relevant picture book about the power of community
“This moving story, with wondrous art, feels like childhood itself. The journey of eagerness, discovery, joy, and fear—with comfort at the end.” —Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall
Finding himself alone and scared in the middle of a storm, a small mouse finds comfort and strength when he sees another boat and is joined by others. They ride out the storm together—close enough to see each other, but not close enough to crash.
In a gentle metaphor for the global pandemic, Adrift is a way to start conversations with young readers about fear, hope and being together even from afar. It was written by award-winning children’s author Heidi E. Y. Stemple while she was in lockdown missing her friends and family. Her beautiful words are brought to life by Anastasia Suvorova, who has won high acclaim for illustrating stories about nature, children, dreams, traveling, magic, hope, and kindness.
About the Author
Heidi E.Y. Stemple is a second-generation children’s book author who has published more than 30 books including Counting Birds, I Am The Storm, and Not All Princesses Dress In Pink. She usually travels to teach writing and gather with other creative people, but in 2020, when the world shut down, she found herself alone and a bit scared. So, she wrote about it. She also made hundreds of masks for educators, created YouTube videos for distance learning, and found new ways to stay connected with her friends and family. Like everyone, she is looking forward to being together again.
Anastasia Suvorova is an award-winning children’s book illustrator. She is the 2018 winner of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair Silent Book Contest. She has illustrated several books for children including, most recently, Shadow by Lucy Christopher. She lives in St. Petersburg, Russia.
“This moving story, with wondrous art, feels like childhood itself. The journey of eagerness, discovery, joy, and fear—with comfort the end.”
— Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Medal-winning author of Sarah, Plain and Tall
“Readers will take heart in this tender volume’s message of finding comfort and hope in community. Ages 3–12.”
— Publishers Weekly
“Abstract patterns overlay a swirling storm of cool tones giving way to a warm celebration in this potent story about how, despite appearances, none of us are weathering storms alone. Little Mouse is adrift in a roiling sea, ‘more than a little scared’ and ‘very alone.’ In the distance, he spies another boat, then another and another. Though the storm still rages and he is still afraid, Little Mouse draws strength from his companions as they wait to be reunited at storm’s end.”
— Foreword, Starred Review
“A sweet parable to add to the pandemic shelves, with an easily understood message … The message will be crystal clear to adults, and is compelling enough to engage children … readers will find parallels in their own lives and in current events. Perfect for one-on-one reading, this has beautiful soft illustrations in grays and blues that highlight the sea when it is storming. Each of the boats that joins Little Mouse has colored sails, and once everyone is on land, bright colors explode across the page.”
— School Library Journal