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Review of Would You Come Too?

Would You Come Too? by Liz Garton Scanlon; illus. by Diana SudykaPrimary    Beach Lane/Simon    40 pp.    g4/22    978-1-5344-5206-0    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-5207-7    $10.99“If we were walls, we’d have windows, and we’d throw them open wide.” A child with brown hair and dark skin invites a red-haired, light-skinned friend to come outside...

Review of Little Houses

Little Houses by Kevin Henkes; illus. by Laura DronzekPreschool, Primary    Greenwillow    40 pp.  g5/22    978-0-06-296572-1    $18.99Library ed.  978-0-06-296573-8    $19.89A pigtailed child visits her grandparents at the shore, where the waves call them to explore the sands just outside the steps of their small seaside house. Amid the colorful detritus left...

Review of Before Music: Where Instruments Come From

Before Music: Where Instruments Come From by Annette Bay Pimentel; illus. by Madison SaferPrimary, Intermediate    Amulet/Abrams    88 pp.    g5/22    978-1-4197-4555-3    $24.99e-book ed.  978-1-6470-0696-9    $18.65One person collects clay from the earth and shapes it into an ocarina; another finds metal ore deep in the ground and fashions it into a bell....

Review of Eggs from Red Hen Farm: Farm to Table with Mazes and Maps

Eggs from Red Hen Farm: Farm to Table with Mazes and Maps by Monica Wellington; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Holiday    40 pp.    g3/22    978-0-8234-4782-4    $18.99How do eggs get from “farm to table”? From the very outset of this cleverly presented and organized book, readers are invited to find out:...

Review of At the Pond

At the Pond by David Elliott; illus. by Amy Schimler-SaffordPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5362-0598-5    $18.99After visiting such settings as the skies (On the Wing, rev. 11/14), the past (In the Past, rev. 3/18), and the forest (In the Woods, rev. 3/20), Elliott invites readers into another poetic exploration of...

Inside Cat

Cats, both inside and outside, are admittedly unfamiliar territory to me, a dog person as required by my allergies. Brendan Wenzel’s They All Saw a Cat (a 2017 Caldecott Honoree) and now Inside Cat have so kindly offered an outlet through which to admire them from a safe distance. His care and cleverness...

Review of Circle Under Berry

Circle Under Berry by Carter Higgins; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Chronicle    48 pp.    g 9/21    978-1-7972-0508-3    $15.99 e-book ed.  978-1-7972-0849-7    $9.99 On the verso of the first crisp spread in this deceptively simple concept book, a yellow circle sits below a red diamond capped with green and speckled...

Review of Is Was

Is Was by Deborah Freedman; illus. by the author Preschool, Primary    Atheneum    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-1-5344-7510-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-5344-7511-3    $10.99 Freedman’s ethereal picture book tackles the slippery nature of impermanence through simple observations of the natural world. A small yellow bird flits across a pale blue sky and...

Review of I Can Make a Train Noise

I Can Make a Train Noise  by Michael Emberley and Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick; illus. by the authors  Preschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g  7/21    978-0-8234-4496-0    $18.99  e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5063-3    $11.99  The action begins on the book’s cover, where readers can spot a young child and her family walking down a busy city street, headed...

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