What-If Sara

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.

Illustrated by Leanne Franson.

“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

1999 • Second Story Press • 24 pp 8.5″ x 8.5″ • ISBN: 9781896764207 (paper); 9781896764223 (hardcover)

Sasha and the Wind

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.

Illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux.

“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

1996 • Second Story Press • 24 pp 8.7″ x 8.7″ • ISBN: 9780929005836 (paper); 9780929005848 (hardcover) • French translation: Tempête et Chocolat Chaud, Scholastic Canada, 1996, ISBN: 9780590160184

Sasha and the Wiggly Tooth

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.

Illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux.

1999 • Second Story Press • 24 pp 8.5″ x 8.5″ • ISBN: 978929005503 (paper); 9780929005511 (hardcover) • French translation: Sasha et la Dent Qui Branle, Scholastic Canada, 1993, ISBN: 9780590241095

The Big Storm

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 Maryann Kovalski was also nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration for The Big Storm.

Illustrated by Maryanne Kovalski.

1992 • KidsCan Press • 32 pp 8″ x 9″ • ISBN: 9781550741179 (paper); 9781550740814 (hardcover) • French translation: Enfouie sous la neige, Scholastic Canada, 1992, ISBN: 9780590744089 • American publication: Hyperion, 1993, ISBN: 9781562824619 (paper); 9781562824627 (hardcover)

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The Extraordinary Ordinary Everything Room

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

Illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux.

1991 • Second Story Press • 8.75″ x 8.75″ • ISBN: 9780929005244 • French translation: La chambre aux tresors, Pierre Tisseyre, 1991, ISBN: 9780590744089 • Danish translation: Det fantastiske helt almindelige altmuligværelse, Modtryk, 1991, ISBN: 9788773942448