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Review of Real to Me

Real to Me by Minh Lê; illus. by Raissa FigueroaPreschool    Knopf    40 pp.5/23    9780593377499    $18.99Library ed.  9780593377505    $21.99e-book ed.  9780593377512    $10.99“When you have a great friend, the rest of the world can seem to disappear.” But if that friend suddenly disappears, can you trust that they were real? Lê (Lift,...'s spring!

"One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in." —Henry David Thoreau from Walden; Or, Life in the Woods I spent several hours on Saturday afternoon outside in the sun and warmth raking up the last...

Review of Scattered Showers: Stories

Scattered Showers: Stories by Rainbow Rowell; illus. by Jim Tierney High School    Wednesday/St. Martin’s    288 pp. 11/22    9781250855411    $24.99 e-book ed.  9781250855428    $12.99 Teen readers of Rowell’s (Eleanor & Park, rev. 5/13; Fangirl, rev. 11/13) first short-story collection will relish spending time with her nine distinct narratives about love (four...

Mother forking space and time

The neighborhood that the four main characters of NBC's The Good Place resided in was rebooted over 800 times by the demon Michael. Every time one of the characters would figure out that they were actually in The Bad Place, Michael would wipe their memories and start over. I loved...

Review of In Every Life

In Every Life by Marla Frazee; illus. by the author Preschool    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp. 2/23    9781665912488    $18.99 e-book ed.  9781665912495    $10.99 In her latest picture book, Frazee says she “hoped to capture and honor what we all have in common, no matter who we are or where we live.”...

Review of In the Neighborhood

In the Neighborhood by Rocio Bonilla ; illus. by the author; trans. from Spanish by Maya Faye Lethem Preschool, Primary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.       g9/22     978-1-62354-360-0     $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-63289-247-8    9.99 The occupants of seven houses in the same neighborhood have never met when this story begins....

Review of A Bear Far from Home

A Bear Far from Home by Susan Fletcher ; illus. by Rebecca Green Primary     Schwartz/Random    40 pp.       g9/22     978-0-593-18189-8     $18.99Library ed.  978-0-593-18190-4    $21.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-18191-1    $11.99 Fact: “King Haakon IV of Norway gave Henry III of England a white bear, which went to live in...

Review of Through the North Pole Snow

Through the North Pole Snow by Polly Faber; illus. by Richard Jones Primary    Candlewick    32 pp.    g 11/22    978-1-5362-2852-6    $18.99 While searching for food in the snow, a white fox is rescued by a kindly bearded man. Though the man’s identity as Santa Claus isn’t revealed until...

Review of The Best Gift for Bear

The Best Gift for Bear by Jennifer A. Bell; illus. by the author Preschool    Two Lions/Amazon    40 pp.    g 9/22    978-1-5420-2922-3    $17.99 Hedgehog has been baking cookies for her friends and neighbors, but “Bear should have a grand gift, a special gift, something wonderful…just like Bear.” Nothing...

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