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Cover: The Skydiving Beavers

Publishers Weekly - The Skydiving Beavers

Striking a down-home tone, Wood (Esquivel!) unspools a real-life story of animal conservation. In 1948 Idaho, beavers presented a dilemma to a growing resort community: “The people were muscling in on the beavers’ habitat. And the beavers were trashing the people’s habitat. A real turf war.” View »

Cover: Tig Ripley Hard Rock

Booklist - Tig Ripley Hard Rock

When things get too complicated for Tig Ripley and her best friends (who are also her bandmates), all Tig wants is a little bit of harmony. Suddenly, last year’s Mean Girl is being nice (too nice?), and Tig’s cousin Kyra, whom Tig feels insanely guilty about wanting to kick out of the band… View »

Cover: Why Did the Farmer

School Library Journal - Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road?

PreS-Gr 2–James puts a new spin on the timeless joke in her first picture book. In this quirky tale, Donkey awakens the farmer, alerting him that the pigs have left the farm. The farmer states, “That’s not possible” and goes back to sleep. Meanwhile, the pigs are walking through town… View »

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School Library Journal - Tig Ripley: Hard Rock

Gr 6-9–A well-paced sequel to Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebel. The girl band Pandora’s Box is back together and experiencing growing pains. Tig’s cousin Kyra is not pulling her weight as a musician, which may or may not be the result of her parents’ divorce. Tig has to navigate the dynamics of friends… View »

Cover: Out of School and Into Nature

School Library Journal - Out of School and Into Nature

Gr 1-4–Readers are introduced to naturalist Anna Comstock’s enthusiasm for nature right from the opening sentence: “From the time she was no higher than a daisy, Anna was wild about nature.” Comstock’s (1854–1930) early love of the outdoors inspired her course of study at college, where she… View »

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Publishers Weekly - Out of School and into Nature

Slade (The Music in George’s Head) and Lanan’s (The Story I’ll Tell) account of the life of artist and naturalist Anna Comstock unfolds against an airy, pastoral landscape, where she observed the local flora and fauna of the countryside. As Comstock grew older, so did her love for science… View »

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Kirkus Reviews - The Skydiving Beavers

An Idaho game warden invents an ingenious solution for a growing town’s wildlife problem in this tale set in 1948 Idaho.Characterized as “a lovely place” and so portrayed in van Frankenhuyzen’s golden meadows and hilly vistas, the town of McCall would be idyllic—except that humans “muscling… ”/editorial_reviews/297">View »

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Foreword Reviews Willow and the Wedding

Willow and the Wedding encourages self-expression, positive thinking, and pursuing whatever makes you happy…
Willow’s zest for life and love for her family takes center stage in denise Brennan-Nelson’s Willow and the Wedding, the story of how one barefoot flower girl’s thoughtfulness and c View »

Cover: Out of School and Into Nature

Booklist - Out of School and Into Nature

In this picture-book biography, the life of naturalist, artist, and education reformer Anna Comstock is told with easy-to-follow facts, Comstock’s own words, and charming illustrations. Comstock was born in 1854, and instead of taking the traditional route for women at the time, she went to… View »

Cover: Little Red Rolls Away

Kirkus Reviews - Little Red Rolls Away

Little Red, a small barn, is moved from his home, much to his distress.Red wakes up one morning to find that his friends Bossy Cow, Piglet, and Rooster are missing. It gets worse. Machines rumble in, hoist up Red, and haul him away, first on a flatbed truck and then on a barge. As Red moves… View »