Joanna Rudge Long

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Review of Dreamers

Dreamersby Yuyi Morales; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.9/18    978-0-8234-4055-9    $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4125-9    $18.99Spanish ed.  978-0-8234-4258-4    $18.99Two pairs of eyes shine from the cover of Morales’s book — the infant’s eyes brilliant with curiosity, his mother’s gaze pensive. These two “migrantes” arrive on “the other side, / thirsty, in awe, /...

Review of The Grasshopper & the Ants

The Grasshopper & the Antsby Jerry Pinkney; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary   Little, Brown   40 pp.4/15   978-0-316-40081-7   $18.00   gMoving right up Maslow’s hierarchy of 
needs, Pinkney transforms Aesop’s harsh 
fable about the consequences of improvi
dence into one celebrating the value of the arts. Unlike his true-to-species characters in his Caldecott-winning...

Review of A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treat

A Fine Dessert: Four Centuries, Four Families, One Delicious Treatby Emily Jenkins; illus. by Sophie BlackallPrimary   Schwartz & Wade/Random   40 pp.1/15   978-0-375-86832-0   $17.99Library ed. 978-0-375-96832-7   $20.99   ge-book ed. 978-0-375-98771-7   $10.99In four vignettes, set a hundred years apart from each other, parents and children make delicious blackberry fool from blackberries, cream,...

Review of My Grandfather's Coat

My Grandfather’s Coatretold by Jim Aylesworth; 
illus. by Barbara McClintockPreschool, Primary    Scholastic    32 pp.11/14    978-0-439-92545-7    $17.99Revisiting the Yiddish folksong celebrated in Simms Taback’s Caldecott-winning Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, Aylesworth extends its events over four generations, affording McClintock the opportunity to sample dress and households from the early twentieth century...

Review of Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Coldby Joyce Sidman; illus. by Rick AllenPrimary, Intermediate    Houghton    32 pp.11/14    978-0-547-90650-8    $17.99In winter, bees (“we are nothing on our own”) keep their precious queen warm by massing together into a “sizzling ball.” Hibernating garter snakes, safe in a cave, “’round each other...

Review of The Way to the Zoo

The Way to the Zooby John Burningham; 
illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Candlewick    40 pp.8/14    978-0-7636-7317-8    $15.99“All I have to do is leave you at home when I go out for a while and it looks as if you had the whole zoo in here!” cries Sylvie’s mother. Actually, there...

Review of The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisseby Patricia MacLachlan; 
illus. by Hadley HooperPrimary    Porter/Roaring Brook    40 pp.10/14    978-1-59643-948-1    $17.99“If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived / in a dreary town…” Thus begins this speculative exploration of the painter’s early encounters with color, worded as a...

Review of Remy and Lulu

Remy and Luluby Kevin Hawkes; 
illus. by the author with 
miniatures by Hannah E. HarrisonPrimary    Knopf    40 pp.9/14    978-0-449-81085-9    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-449-81087-3    $20.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-449-81089-7    $10.99Lulu, a lithe and clever little Parisian dog, used to live with a “great portrait painter,” but now she’s homeless. Remy, a hirsute itinerant...

Review of At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangdui

At Home in Her Tomb: Lady Dai and the Ancient Chinese Treasures of Mawangduiby Christine Liu-Perkins; 
illus. by Sarah S. BrannenIntermediate, Middle School    Charlesbridge    80 pp.4/14    978-1-58089-370-1    $19.95e-book ed.  978-1-60734-615-9    $9.99Late in 1971, workers digging an air-raid shelter in Hunan Province found three tombs of a noble family from early...

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