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Grapette, the Runaway Who Rolled Away
Grapette, the Runaway Who Rolled Away

Grapette, the Runaway Who Rolled Away

A Timeless Tale of Love and Family: A Child Discovering the World

Grapette's Adventures


32 Pages, 8 1/2 x 11

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: September 2007

ISBN 9780979175800

Rights: US & CA

Aurora Publishers, Inc. (Sep 2007)
Kids' Library

Price: $15.95


Based on an ancient French folktale, this enduring story unfolds in a modern-day American vineyard in California. Baby Grapette, a tiny green grape in a little green dress, is thrilled by her surroundings and yearns to see more of the world. She manages to work free of her vine and roll merrily away across the fields, but—like Curious George—she is too curious. After encounters with birds, cats, and cows, Grapette decides she has seen enough and is happy to go rollicking back to the love and safety of home. Providing a lesson about the need to control headstrong impulses, the story also celebrates the thrill of independence and the joy of running around outdoors.


"I am sure this book, with its inspirational story and whimsical fine art illustrations, will warm the hearts of all the little children who read it or have it read to them." —Tatiana Faberge, author, The Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs, and great-granddaughter of Carl Gustavovich Faberge, legendary jeweler and designer to the Russian Imperial Court

"An enchanting story." —Awareness magazine

"We parents struggle to raise our children to be independent, but we don't want them rolling away too soon. Grapette indeed finds her way back home with help of her friends . . . and her mother's love. The lesson learned is clear: there truly is no place like home." —Christine Louise Hohlbaum, author, Diary of a Mother: Parenting Stories and Other Stuff

"Cute for kids of wine-focused parents." —Wine Enthusiast Magazine

"A heartwarming moral and tale of love and family." —Families First Monthly

"Children . . . and their parents will be mesmerized by this unique tale of love and family. This story and engaging colorful illustrations are infused with the charm of the California wine country." —Children of the New Earth magazine

"A gentle, whimsically illustrated story with a strong underlying warning against running away and making parents worry." —Children's Bookwatch,

"A wonderful children's story! I'd use this book with young children because students in second and third grade and above will enjoy the quick-thinking characters and full-page illustrations. Recommended to teachers, parents and communities." —What's New in Children's Books? 2008 Edition, Southern Early Childhood Association

Author Biography

Svetlana Konnikova was a writer of award-winning television scripts in the former Soviet Union and was the host of several television shows, including Listen and Learn; Masterpieces of World Literature; and Science and Life. Since moving to the United States in 1989, she has been a teacher of French and Russian. She lives in Boca Raton, Florida. Anatoli Smishliaev is a former animator at Moldova Studio Films in Moldova. He was awarded a Grand Prix at the international Cannes Film Festival for his animated film, Gaidouk. He is the illustrator of more than 150 books.