The Invitation

28may10:00 am10:20 amThe Invitationwith Stacey May Fowles

Speakers for this event

  • Stacey May Fowles

    Stacey May Fowles


    Stacey May
    Fowles is an award-winning journalist, essayist, and the best-selling author of
    five books. Her bylines include the Globe and Mail, Readers
    , Toronto Life, The Walrus,
    and many others.The Invitation is her first book for children.


Event Details

The Invitation
Stacey May Fowles

One beautiful fall day, Fern opens her mailbox and finds an envelope. After much worrying about what it could possibly contain, her friend Fawn encourages her to open it. Inside, she finds an invitation to a super-special surprise at the museum — but Fern doesn’t like surprises! 

Luckily, Fawn offers to come with her to the party. What could possibly happen, he asks. Along the way, Fern voices her worries: What if they can’t make it in time? What if they don’t know anyone there? 

Fawn playfully follows his friend’s way of thinking, while gently suggesting twists to her story and a fun new cast of characters — the chipmunk who could show them a shortcut, the grumpy bear who could clear their path, the brave dentist who might treat the bear’s toothache — until at last they arrive, and Fern is able to enjoy the wonderful surprise happening around her. 

Marie Lafrance’s delightfully dreamy illustrations bring the imagined world of Fern and Fawn to life in this super-special story about catastrophic thinking.


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(Sunday) 10:00 am - 10:20 am