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Review of Angela’s Glacier

Angela’s Glacier by Jordan Scott; illus. by Diana SudykaPrimary    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.1/24    9780823450824    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823457588    $11.99The day Angela is born, the glacier Snæfellsjökull (a real Icelandic landmark) appears from behind a cloudy cover. Later, her father helps her learn the glacier’s name as they hike to the peak: “Snæ...

Review of The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith!

The Fastest Drummer: Clap Your Hands for Viola Smith! by Dean Robbins; illus. by Susanna ChapmanPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.3/24    9781536224863    $17.99Sixth in line to choose an instrument in her family’s band, Viola Smith (1912–2020) makes a life-changing decision when she picks the drums. At first her efforts result in a...

Review of Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day

Bábo: A Tale of Armenian Rug-Washing Day by Astrid Kamalyan; illus. by Anait SemirdzhyanPrimary    Charlesbridge    32 pp.9/23    9781623543587    $17.99e-book ed.  9781632893307    $9.99A young girl describes a beloved summertime tradition for her Armenian family. Guided by Bábo, or Grandmother, four children jump into action to “soak, soap, and wash” their treasured...

Review of Bompa’s Insect Expedition

Bompa’s Insect Expedition by David Suzuki with Tanya Lloyd Kyi; illus. by Qin LengPrimary    Greystone Kids    48 pp.9/23    9781771648820    $17.62In this picture book created in partnership with the David Suzuki Institute (a Canadian environmentalist organization), twins Nakina and Kaoru know to expect adventure when their grandfather, Bompa, comes to visit,...

Review of Sensitive

Sensitive by Sara Levine; illus. by Mehrdokht AminiPrimary    Carolrhoda    32 pp.10/23    9781728450926    $18.99This honest and validating book looks at how a young girl copes with the pain she feels in being labeled “too sensitive” and told to grow “thicker skin.” How can she change something she can’t control? “Her skin...

Review of Lonely Bird

Lonely Bird by Ruth Whiting; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    40 pp.10/23    9781536226188    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536234466    $18.99Stories of tiny beings navigating their large surroundings have long populated children’s literature. Here, a simple sketch of a bird on a scrap of white paper explores an all-too-big world in the home of...

Review of In the Night Garden

In the Night Garden by Carin Berger; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.7/23    9780823449866    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455379    $11.99Berger’s (Finding Spring, rev. 1/15) soothing, rhythmic text guides readers through the wonders of a garden at night, directly addressing them in hushed tones: “If you are very patient and very...

Review of Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? by Sven Völker; illus. by the authorPrimary    Cicada    32 pp.7/23    9781800660373    $16.99As Bear wakes from his “long, long sleep,” he receives an invitation from Butterfly to join her on a journey. Where to? “All journeys have a secret destination…The journey itself is the reward,” responds Butterfly...

Review of When Rubin Plays

When Rubin Plays by Gracey Zhang; illus. by the authorPrimary    Orchard/Scholastic    56 pp.7/23    9781338648263    $18.99In Zhang’s (The Big Bath House, rev. 11/21) latest picture book, a young child finds freedom in creating music his own way. Enamored of his village’s youth orchestra, Rubin asks to join. As soon as he...

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