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On a Snowy Night

On a Snowy Night

by Jean Little, illustrated by Brian Deines

ISBN 9781443113595 Hardcover
32 Pages | 10.36" x 10.28" | Ages 5 to 7
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A heartwarming wintertime tale about a bunny and her boy.

When Brandon was first given his rabbit, Rosa, he thought she was better than perfect. He would stroke her and feed her bits of carrots and apples from his fingers. And Rosa felt happy. But as Brandon grew up, he became too busy to play. Rosa was hungry and lonely and worried that nobody loved her.

One snowy day, Brandon takes Rosa outside to show her the snow . . . and then forgets her. With the help of some friendly woodland animals, she is able to find her way home — just as Brandon comes out to look for her. A bit of separation has made him realize what he almost lost, and Rosa knows from the smile on his face that he really does love her after all.

On a Snowy Night is a sweet tale of friendship, with a gentle message about helping others. Readers will delight in Jean Little's soothing text and Brian Deines' warm, expressive illustrations as they enjoy this reassuring tale again and again.

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Praise for Jean Little:

"This new twist on the animals-at-Christmas tale works as both a holiday story and an insightful little piece on human nature." —Booklist (for Pippin the Christmas Pig)

"The essential Christmas story retold, revivified, to some extent reinvented, in Little's as always astringent, yet tender, prose." —The Globe and Mail (for Listen, Said the Donkey)

Praise for Brian Deines:

"Brian Deines muted oil illustrations complement the tender tale well. His soft tones create an atmosphere of contentment that evokes the good old days." —Quill & Quire (for The Hockey Tree)

"Brian Deines oil on canvas illustrations bring to life the snowy, dark December setting of the story perfectly." —Canadian Review of Materials (for One Hockey Night)


  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2014
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2014
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2013

Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • Jean Little is one of Canada's most beloved writers for young readers
  • Multi-award-winning illustrator
  • Christmas tie-in
  • Themes of friendship and helping others in need


Also by
Jean Little

  • Dear Canada: A Time for Giving: Ten Tales of Christmas
  • Sweetest of All
  • Dear Canada: All Fall Down
  • Dear Canada: If I Die Before I Wake
  • From Anna

Also by
Brian Deines

  • The Road to Afghanistan
  • One Hockey Night
  • The Hockey Tree

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