When Emily Was Small

A joyful frolic through the garden helps a little girl feel powerful in this beautiful picture book that celebrates nature, inspired by the writings of revered artist Emily Carr.

Pages: 44
Age Range: 4-8 years
ISBN: 9780735266063
Publisher: Tundra Books

Sample Reviews:

  • “It’s an altogether mystical yet accessibly grounded story.” STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
  • “Soloy’s poetic prose and sumptuous illustrations pay homage to this beloved artist and writer.” –Atlantic Books Today
  • “Soloy’s illustrations variously evoke glee, sadness, and astonishment.” — The Ormsby Review
  • “Soloy’s When Emily Was Small is a satisfying, challenging, beautiful picture book that deserves to be shared with young readers and the young at heart.” –CM Reviews

Further Information:

You can watch Lauren speaking about When Emily was Small and demonstrating a bit of her process here.

You can also read a digital version of Lauren’s interview with The Vancouver Sun, here.

Click on this CBC Books link to find further information about the book and Emily Carr

Read an interview with Lauren about her writing and illustration process here.

Click here for a link to some fun printable and activities!


Etty Darwin and the Four Pebble Problem

Etty Darwin and her famous father go for a walk to ponder life, science . . . and fairies! Inspired by the real-life daughter of Charles Darwin.

Etty loves make-believe.
Her dad loves science.
Etty believes in fairies.
Her dad would need to see some proof that they exist. 
But they both love nature, conversation and each other. 

On Sale: May 18, 2021
Pages: 48
ISBN: 9780735266087 Publisher: Tundra Books

Sample Reviews:

  • “An excellent introduction to the natural sciences, Darwin, fairies, and inquiry, sure to inspire and fascinate young readers and listeners.” —STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews
  • Selected as a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

For free downloadable activity sheets, please visit the Tundra website by clicking here.


To visit the home page of Down House, where Charles and Etty lived, click here.