Out into the Big Wide Lake
An empowering and necessary picture book about a young girl with Down Syndrome who gains confidence and independence through a visit to her grandparents.
It's Kate's first time visiting her grandparents on her own at their lakeside home. She's nervous but excited at the adventure ahead. She helps her grandfather with his grocery deliveries by boat, where she meets all the neighbors, including a very grumpy old man named Walter. And she makes best friends with her grandparents' dog, Parbuckle. Her grandmother even teaches her to pilot the boat all by herself!
When her grandfather takes ill suddenly, it's up to Kate–but can she really make all those deliveries, even to grumpy old Walter? She has to try! Based on the author's sister, Kate is a lovable, brave, smart and feisty character who will capture your heart in this gorgeous and moving story about facing fears and gaining independence.
Distinctions: Finalist, 2021 Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature—illustrated books.
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Out into the Big Wide Lake. Text © 2021 Paul Harbridge Illustrations © 2021 Josée Bisaillon. Reproduced by permission of Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, a Penguin Random House Company, Toronto.