What-If Sara

What-If Sara

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Written by Rhea Tregebov and Illustrated by Leanne Franson


Most days, Sara's inquisitive nature makes her ask, "What if this? What if that?" At first neither parent can see beyond Sara's dreamy facade. Caught up in their own daily struggles in Depression-era Winnipeg, Sara's busy parents can't always stop to answer her. Sara spins her questions into an imaginary tale—what-if I were Sara the Brave saving the village? Sara's courage and resourcefulness come to the rescue in real life as well as in her tales when she helps both her mother and father out of difficult situations.

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About the Author

Rhea Tregebov’s books for children have been recommended in A Guide to Canadian Children’s Books as well CBC Radio’s Children’s Literature Panel. She has written five children’s picture books, three in the “Sasha” series, which feature her son as the hero. Her books have been translated into French and Danish. She has also written six collections of poetry for adults. She lives in Vancouver where she teaches Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

About the Illustrator

Leanne Franson was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. She studied Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal and did further study in Ceramics at Banff Centre, School of Fine Arts. After working as a dishwasher, massage therapist, short-order cook, waitress, foot courier and clerk at a fine arts materials shop, she decided to restrain herself to illustrating children’s books.

Product Information

  • Release: October 13, 1999

  • $15.95 Hardcover

  • $7.95 Paperback

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Picture Book

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades K-3

  • ISBN: 9781896764221 (HC)

  • ISBN: 9781896764207 (PB)


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Strong Female Characters

  • History & Social Studies
    > Canadian History


"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