Picture Books

Rhea Tregebov’s books for children have been recommended in A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books as well CBC radio’s Children’s Literature Panel. She has twice toured for the Canadian Children’s Book Week, and her books have been recommended by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Three of her five children’s picture books feature her son Sasha as the hero.

In 1994, The Big Storm won the inaugural CNIB Tiny Torgi PrintBraille Book Award, which recognized excellence in children’s Canadian literature and the importance of braille as a literacy tool for young readers who are blind or visually impaired. Young jurors who read braille chose their favourite PrintBraille book from a short list prepared by teachers and librarians. Illustrator Maryanne Kovalski was also nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration for The Big Storm.

What-If Sara

Second Story Press (1999)

Illustrated by Leanne Franson

ISBN: 9781896764207 (paper); 1896764223 (hardcover)

“In a funny, wonderfully adroit way, Rhea Tregebov takes her dreamy little heroine out of her what-if world just long enough to prove that it’s possible to be a dreamer and a saver-of-the-day as well.” The Globe & Mail

“… a realistic glimpse into an immigrant household of a generation ago.” Winnipeg Free Press

Most days, Sara’s inquisitive nature makes her seem distracted.  At first neither parent can see beyond Sara’s dreamy facade. Caught up in their own daily struggles in Depression-era Winnipeg, Sara’s Momma and Poppa can’t always stop to answer. However Sara’s courage and resourcefulness come to the rescue in real life as well as in her imagination when she helps both her mother and father out of difficult situations.

 

Sasha and the Wind

Second Story Press (1996)

Illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux.

ISBN: 0929005836 (paper); 0929005848 (hardcover)

French translation. Tempête et Chocolat Chaud. Scholastic Canada, 1996. ISBN: 0590160184

“This gentle story is sure to appeal to young readers… The illustrations are rich and colourful, and complement the text perfectly…. Sasha and the Wind is a great story for a blustery day.” Quill & Quire

Sasha loves the way the wind sails kites and turns umbrellas inside out. But the day the wind seems less friendly, Sasha has to discover his own sources of strength and courage.

 


 

Sasha and the Wiggly Tooth

Second Story Press (1993)

Illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux.

ISBN: 0929005503 (paper); 0929005511 (hardcover)

French translation. Sasha et la Dent Qui Branle. Scholastic Canada, 1993. ISBN:0590241095

Sasha is the last of all of his friends to still have his baby teeth. So when one tooth becomes wiggly, he is excited, curious and also a little bit worried.  With humour and sensitivity, this beautifully illustrated picture book deals with a universal rite of passage experienced by all children.


The Big Storm

KidsCan Press (1992)

Illustrated by Maryanne Kovalski.

ISBN: 1550741179 (paper); 1550740814 (hardcover)

French translation. Enfouie sous la Neige. Scholastic Canada, 1992. ISBN:0590744089

American publication. Hyperion, 1993. ISBN: 1562824619 (paper) 1562824627 (hardcover)

This children’s classic is currently out of print, but available in many public libraries. The Big Storm is recommended in A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books and was featured on CBC radio’s Children’s Literature Panel. In 1994, The Big Storm won the inagural CNIB Tiny Torgi PrintBraille Book Award,  Illustrator Maryanne Kovalski was also nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration for The Big Storm.

 

 

The Extraordinary Ordinary Everything Room

Second Story Press (1991)

Illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux.

ISBN: 0929005244

French translation. La Chambre aux Tresors, Pierre Tisseyre, 1991. ISBN: 0590744089

Danish translation. Det fantastiske helt almindelige altmuligværelse. Modtryk, 1991. ISBN: 8773942448

Sasha’s imagination provides him with ample opportunities for play and friendship. This book is out of print, but available in many public libraries.

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