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Elissa Gershowitz

About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is senior editor of The Horn Book Magazine and online content editor for The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

MarcoPolo Ocean app review

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MarcoPolo Ocean (MarcoPolo, 2014) — in the same series as MarcoPolo Arctic — introduces young children to an ocean biome. A blue sea with gentle waves appears on the main screen as vaguely Caribbean-sounding background music plays. Before beginning, you can orient yourself by investigating underwater, looking at some fish, bobbing the buoy, etc. The […]

Under the sign of Sanders

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Found on the Harvard Law School campus, in the shadow of Sanders Theatre no less. Who knew the silly old bear was studying to be a lawyer? Take along these two real-life Winnie-the-Pooh picture books, ring the tiny little doorbell, and see if Winnie answers.

Review of Horrible Bear!

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Horrible Bear! by Ame Dyckman; 
illus. by Zachariah OHora Preschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp. 4/16    978-0-316-28283-3    $16.99 The action begins on the title-page spread, with a little red-haired girl standing on the bottom of the left-hand page. She’s flying a kite — and she’s frowning. The kite is high up in the sky, on […]

Look closely

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The following books encourage young children to use their powers of observation and look closely at the pages before them — and at the world around them. Starting with a clever, attention-grabbing title — I Hear a Pickle: (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) — Rachel Isadora’s book about the five senses is […]

Today’s the day! Happy 100th birthday, Beverly Cleary

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One hundred years ago today — April 12, 1916 — children’s literature icon Beverly Cleary was born. Today we hope she’s enjoying a gigantic slice of carrot cake! We’ve been celebrating her life and legacy in the pages of The Horn Book and at hbook.com. Here are some of children’s literature’s best and brightest on […]

Farm2Table app review

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Low-frills app Farm2Table (Little Pickle Press, January 2016) — based on the 2013 picture book The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen by Diana Prichard, illustrated by Heather Devlin Knopf — gives young children a basic idea of where some of their food comes from. One morning young Patrick O’Shanahan goes downstairs for breakfast and finds a […]

Amber Tamblyn at Cambridge Public Library

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Amber Tamblyn will be at the Cambridge Public Library, through the Harvard Book Store, tonight (Tuesday, March 29th) to discuss her poetry collection Dark Sparkler. Which reminds me: I never did make it back to reading the last Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants book (which I had checked out from the Cambridge Public Library but […]

Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland

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If you’re planning a trip to Portland, Oregon, and you are a Beverly Cleary super-fan, be sure to pack this little guidebook. Walking with Ramona: Exploring Beverly Cleary’s Portland (Microcosm Publishing, coming October 2016) is a walking (or cycling) tour of Ramona-land and an interesting history of the city (before Kyle MacLachlan was the fake […]

Reviews of Bye-Bye Binky and I Use the Potty

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Bye-Bye Binky [Big Kid Power] by Maria van Lieshout; 
illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    24 pp. 3/16    978-1-4521-3536-6    9.99 I Use the Potty [Big Kid Power] by Maria van Lieshout; 
illus. by the author Preschool    Chronicle    24 pp. 3/16    978-1-4521-3535-9    $9.99 In the Leslie Patricelli preschool-book mold (Potty, rev. 1/11, and many others), these […]

A little nonfiction

Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

On Wednesday, The Horn Book’s bimonthly newsletter Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book will arrive in your inbox (sign up!). We’ve got a lot of great nonfiction coming at you this week, beginning with this article by Marc Aronson from the March/April issue of The Horn Book Magazine: “The Writer’s Page: What Is Narrative Nonfiction?” […]