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Van Dog

by Danielle Ballantyne

A cavalcade of characters brings a parade of color—and a little chaos—to this whimsical story about a dog determined to complete his masterpiece. Van Dog heads out into the countryside intent on painting a landscape; the frequent... Read More

Book Review

The Three Hunters

by Danielle Ballantyne

Reminiscent of the three little pigs, this story of three brothers attempting to survive a blizzard demonstrates the importance of preparation—and of heeding the wisdom of your elders. In Northern Canada, Ajaguq, the youngest brother,... Read More

Book Review

The Coat

by Danielle Ballantyne

Elise has always pined for her older sister’s red coat, waiting for her to outgrow it. When the coat finally passes to her, Elise can’t imagine ever taking it off—until a chance encounter with a houseless child changes her... Read More

Book Review

My Music Box

by Danielle Ballantyne

Another in the series of musical picture books from The Secret Mountain, this title focuses on classical compositions paired with evocative illustrations. Swaths of paint and pencil lines are employed in a deft manner to portray a... Read More

Book Review

Mending the Moon

by Danielle Ballantyne

One night, the moon crashes to Earth, shattering into pieces across the mountain where Luna and Poppa live. With the help of the forest animals—and a few far-flung birds—Luna and Poppa repair the moon, leaving their mark before... Read More

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Troll Forest

by Danielle Ballantyne

Inspired by Norwegian folklore, this whimsical story follows a fourteen-year-old boy into an unexpected encounter. After the death of his father, Peter and his mother struggle to run their farm alone; he does jobs for neighbors to earn... Read More

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