"Everyone gets homesick. And Nic is no different. She's so excited about spending the entire summer on a small New England Island with her grandparents that she counts down the days through winter and spring. But when the grand adventure finally begins, she finds tears and lonliness instead of joy and freedom. Astrid Sheckels's picture book "Nic and Nellie" is a gorgeously illustrated, heartwarming story of a girl and her beloved dog, Nellie, who slowly learn that new places really aren't so scary, and that often friends can be found around every corner-- even in old rowboats, tidal ponds, and stinky mudflats".