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Annick Press Winter-Spring 2020

The Truth About Wind
By (author): Hazel Hutchins Illustrated by: Dusan Petricic By (author): Gail Herbert
Hazel Hutchins ,

Illustrated by :

Dusan Petricic , Gail Herbert


Annick Press



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book


Juvenile: Age (years) 4 - 7, Grade (CAN) P - 2, Grade (US) P - 2, Reading age 4 - 7
Apr 14, 2020
$21.95 CAD


9.75in x 11.25 x 0.25 in | 340 gr

Page Count:

32 pages
Annick Press
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre 2020, Joint winner Best Books of 2020, CBC 2020, Joint winner Blue Spruce Award, OLA 2021, Nominated First & Best Reading List, Toronto Public Library 2020, Joint winner
  • Short Description

A story about the lies we tell ourselves and the truths that ultimately emerge. Jesse falls in love with a toy horse he finds in the road, and names him Wind. When his mother asks where Jesse got him, he lies; Jesse knows the truth will force him to give Wind up. But in spite of the fun he has with his new toy, deep down Jesse is bothered by the fact that someone, somewhere, is missing Wind as much as Jesse is loving him. A poignant story that rings true to how kids connect with their toys and to the inner turmoil that comes from not only lying to others, but trying to convince yourself those lies are true.

A vividly imagined story about the importance of telling the truth, even if it means losing something you love.

When Jesse finds a toy horse and makes it his very own, his imagination runs wild. This horse is the fastest horse in the whole world, so Jesse names him Wind. He can’t wait to race him across the prairie (the kitchen table) and over deep canyons (the bathtub). There’s just one problem: Wind doesn’t actually belong to Jesse. He was left behind accidentally by his real owners. And though at first Jesse is full of joy as he plays with Wind, soon he starts to feel uneasy—Jesse knows Wind’s real owners must miss him.

But how can Jesse explain to his mother exactly where Wind came from? And is there a way to make everything okay again? The Truth About Wind is a dynamic story about the courage it takes to face up to a lie, brought to life by a trio of celebrated creators.

  • The third collaboration between authors Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert, who also wrote Mattland and Anna at the Art Museum
  • Illustrated by Duan Petricic, a frequent collaborator with Hazel Hutchins (award-winning Mattland and Snap!)

HAZEL HUTCHINS has written over 50 books for children and young adults and has received numerous awards for her work, including the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award for Mattland (2008). She lives in Canmore, Alberta.

DUŠAN PETRIČIĆ’s brilliant illustrations have appeared around the world in newspapers, magazines and award-winning picture books including The Man With the Violin, Mattland, and My Toronto. Dušan lives in Zemun, Serbia.

GAIL HERBERT’s first collaboration with Hazel Hutchins produced the award-winning picture book, Mattland. Gail lives with her husband near Cambridge, Ontario.

  • Third collaboration between authors Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert, who
    also wrote Mattland and Anna at the Art Museum.
  • Illustrated by Dušan Petricic, a frequent collaborator with Hazel Hutchins
    (award-winning Mattland and SNAP!)
  • Social media campaign: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
  • Promotion through Annick e-newsletter and annickpress.com
  • Key reviewer ARC mailings
  • NetGalley ARC
  • Promotion at conferences: ALA, Children's Institute, Winter Institute, OLA, Reading For the Love of It, and more
  • Promotion at Bologna Children's Book Fair, Frankfurt International Book Fair, and more

“A great book to begin discussions about telling the truth and how keeping secrets can have a negative impact.”

- Youth Services Book Review, 12/31/19, Youth Services Book Review, 12/31/19

“Hutchins and Herbert’s text is vivid, specific, and evocative; Petricic’s pencil-and-watercolor illustrations have a fun, cartoonish quality that perfectly suits the story, investing the nominally inanimate toy with a huge personality . . . Another child’s toy gained by mischance is a perfect vehicle for gently conveying the importance of honesty.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 01/21/20, Kirkus Reviews, 01/21/20

“A wonderful adventure of childish imagination, with, at its core, an important idea about how dishonesty can spoil a beautiful thing. The book should find a place in many schools and public library picture book collections. Highly Recommended.”

- CM Reviews, 02/14/20, CM Reviews, 02/14/20

“Believable, relatable, and tender.”

- Kiss the Book Jr., 04/17/20

“Hutchins and Herbert have created a complex, memorable character . . . This galloping story will engage young readers and prompt meaningful conversation.”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, Spring/20

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