Reviews

Cover: Mela and the Elephant

Booklist - Mela and the Elephant

Mela is a bold and adventurous girl who thinks nothing of setting off to explore the riverbank on her own. When her brother asks if he can accompany her, she refuses because he has nothing to offer in return…
Thus, her journey along the river becomes a cautionary tale. Mela’s boat gets tr View »

 
Cover: A Horse Named Jack

Kirkus Reviews - A Horse Named Jack

A friendly horse ventures beyond the farmyard. Jack, a big, dapple-gray draft horse, loves it when the neighborhood kids come visit him on the farm. One day the kids don’t show up, and Jack gets bored fast. “So Jack performs his favorite trick— / He lifts his latch with one soft click.” And… View »

 
Cover: W is for Welcome: A Celebration of America's Diversity

Booklist - W is for Welcome

Organized as an abecedary, this book celebrates immigration by painting a picture of the variety of paths taken by people who have settled America over the centuries. Letters of the alphabet are matched with concepts such as freedom, liberty, and heroes, which are accompanied by brief… View »

 
Cover: Hardscrabble

School Library Journal - Hardscrabble

Hardscrabble Gr 4-6– In the early 1900s, the Martins move to Colorado, where Father plans to earn free land by farming government acreage for five years. Twelve-year-old Belle and her family endure a series of harrowing events: baby Sage survives an encounter with a… View »
 
Cover: Good Night, Forest

Booklist - Good Night, Forest

Despite the title, a cheerful rhyming text opens with morning in the forest, as couplets introduce flora, fauna, and other natural elements: “Good morning, bird. / Sing your song. / Good morning, stream. / Hum along.” Bucci’s multimedia illustrations, composed of dense brushstrokes of thick… View »

 
Cover: Good Night, Forest

Kirkus Reviews – Good Night, Forest

Another riff on Goodnight Moon, this one is set in a forest. The opening rhyme sets the scene. “Good morning, forest. / Rise and shine! / Good morning, maple, / Oak and pine.” The text welcomes, in turn, an assemblage of forest flora, fauna, and landscape elements to a new day: deer, bird… View »

 
Cover: Pippa and Percival, Pancake and Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies

Booklist - Pippa and Percival, Pancake and Poppy: Four Peppy Puppies

This tremendously fun read-aloud centers on four puppies who meet each other, one at a time. It beings with Poppy, a spaniel who digs under a fence until she finds a sheepdog, Pancake. They play until they happen up Percival, a dachshund. This merry group then comes across Pippa, a poodle… View »

 
Cover: Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon

Booklist - Hu Wan and the Sleeping Dragon

In 1572, Hu Wan works with his grandfather in their vegetable garden near the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Their specialty is growing gourds, which are shaped into useful kitchen utensils such as bowls and large spoons to be sold at their village market. Each spring, as the gourds… View »

 
Cover: Dirty Birdies

Publishers Weekly - Dirty Birdies

Part counting book, part tribute to messy good times, Sattler’s exuberant board book introduces five goofy-looking, none-too-clean birds. A long-legged, polka-dotted bird can’t resist a muddy puddle; it then heads indoors where a tiny green duck is going wild with purple paint (“1 dirty… View »

 
Cover: May I Come In?

School Library Journal - May I Come In?

PreS-Gr 1–Afraid to be home alone during a storm, Raccoon sets out to find a friend to stay with. Turns out that the homes of Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck are too small to share. Cold and dejected, Raccoon makes one last stop at Rabbit’s house where he is certain that the large rabbit… View »