Laura Koenig

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Review of She Rides like the Wind: The Story of Alfonsina Strada

She Rides like the Wind: The Story of Alfonsina Strada by Joan Negrescolor; illus. by the author; trans. from Portuguese by Jethro Soutar Primary    Little Gestalten    48 pp.    g 8/20    978-3-89955-853-1    $19.95 Spare first-person text describes Alfonsina Strada’s early childhood explorations with a bicycle and lightly sketches her groundbreaking career...

Review of Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield

Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield by Susan Goldman Rubin; illus. by Richie Pope Primary, Intermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-7636-7994-1    $17.99 Mary Seacole was raised by a Jamaican Creole mother who taught her herbal medicine and a Scottish soldier father whose stories inspired her to see the world....

Review of The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation

The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation by Alice B. McGinty; illus. by Shonto Begay Primary, Intermediate    Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 3/21    978-0-525-64500-9    $17.99 Library ed.  978-0-525-64501-6    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-64502-3    $10.99 In this illuminating story about a contemporary child’s experience with water insecurity,...

Review of Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds

Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel; illus. by the author Primary    HarperAlley/HarperCollins    64 pp.    g 10/20    978-0-06-298221-6    $12.99 Paper ed.  978-0-06-298222-3    $7.99 It’s an early chapter book! It’s a graphic novel! It’s a story about a creature with an overabundance of pride! It’s an unexpected friendship...

Review of Night Walk to the Sea

Night Walk to the Sea: A Story About Rachel Carson, Earth's Protector by Deborah Wiles; illus. by Daniel Miyares Primary   Schwartz & Wade/Random    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5247-0147-5    $17.99 Library ed.  978-1-5247-0148-2    $20.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5247-0149-9    $10.99 A boy shouts, stomps, and plays monsters to hide his fear of a...

Review of Feel the Fog

Feel the Fog by April Pulley Sayre; photos by the author Preschool, Primary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g 9/20    978-1-5344-3760-9    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3761-6    $10.99 Immersive photographs (most taken by the author) pull viewers into the experience of a foggy day in Sayre’s latest weather-focused title (Raindrops Roll and others)....

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