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Cover: Mr. Goat's Valentine

Kirkus Reviews - Mr. Goat's Valentine

Mr. Goat gathers everything he will need to show his first love just how much she means to him. Part of the fun in Bunting’s latest is the dichotomy between what Mr. Goat chooses as gifts and what child readers would choose. Miss Nanny Goat’s weed stall is the caprine equivalent of a flower… View »

Cover: At Marsh in Meadow

Kirkus Reviews - At the Marsh in the Meadow

A simple text slowly adds members of a marsh food chain, “House That Jack Built”-style, from mud to raptors. A serene double-page spread with vivid sunrise colors and an early morning mist proclaims: “This is the marsh / in the middle of the meadow.” Equally artistically enticing pages… View »

Cover: Papa's Backpack

Foreword Reviews - Papa's Backpack

The separation of a military parent from his or her children can be very painful. This simple story about a young bear wishing he could ride in his father’s backpack as he goes to war is highly relatable and beautifully represents the fear and loss felt by children of military parents. The… View »

Cover: The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas

School Library Journal - The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas

The night before the Christmas day performance of The Nutcracker, disaster strikes. The programs are misprinted. Costumes are torn. The stagehands get sick. Fortunately, Santa and his elves are on hand to save the day. Told in the familiar anapestic tetrameter of Clement Moore’s “Twas the… View »

Cover: Grandma's Christmas Wish

School Library Journal - Grandma's Christmas Wish

Like the author’s previous Grandma Loves You (Sleeping Bear, 2013), this picture book is a love letter from a grandmother rabbit to her young bunny grandchild. Simple rhyming text (“You fill up my heart/with holiday cheer./I love you, my love,/my snowflake, my dear”) addressed to the bunny… View »

Cover: The Little Kids' Table

School Library Journal - The Little Kids' Table

Food fights, chewing with one’s mouth open, elbows on the table: all common sights at the kids’ table. Just in time for the holiday season, this rhyming story brings readers of all ages to the fun table where the food is good and the company is better. Though some of the rhymes and rhythms… View »

Cover: Grandma's Nursery Rhymes: Old MacDonald

Kirkus Reviews - Grandma's Nursery Rhymes: Old MacDonald

The American classic is presented with some cuddly illustrations. The nursery song “Old MacDonald” is known to millions young and old, and this board book does it justice, or at least one stanza of it. Illustrator Brown brings to it the same warmth she used in her illustrations in Grandma… View »

Cover: Love from a Star

Donovan's Literary Services - Love from a Star

Katherine Cutchin Gazzetta’s picture book rhyming story Love From a Star (9781585369508, $14.99) will appeal to a wide age range and provides a simple, warm, religious account as it tells of a shining star that reminds a bear and a bunny that they are loved and never alone, because God… View »

Cover: The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas

Kirkus Reviews - The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas

A Christmas Eve performance of The Nutcracker ballet runs amok with multiple mishaps but is saved in the nick of time by the arrival on set of Santa Claus and his elves. The familiar rhyme and rhythm of “The Night Before Christmas” serves as the structure for this clever melding of two… View »

Cover: Grandma's Christmas Wish

Kirkus Reviews - Grandma's Christmas Wish

A gray grandma bunny expresses her love for her little bunny grandbaby in this sweetly sentimental sequel to Grandma Loves You! (2013). The short, gracefully rhyming text is written in first person from the grandma’s point of view, stating her love for her grandchild in different ways. Her… View »