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Review of My Dad Is a Tree

My Dad Is a Tree by Jon Agee; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Rocky Pond/Penguin    40 pp.5/23    9780593531372    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593531389    $10.99While her father does yard work, ­Madeleine stands still, arms outstretched. She’s pretending to be a tree, “because a tree gets to stay outside all day long!” When Dad...

Review of 10 Cats

10 Cats by Emily Gravett; illus. by the authorPreschool    Boxer/Union Square    32 pp.5/23    9781914912580    $16.99This playful tale about colors and numbers stars one adult cat and nine lively kittens. While they frolic on each spread, the text invites viewers to find the felines with certain markings: “3 cats with stripes”;...

Review of The Umbrella

The Umbrella by Beth Ferry; illus. by Tom LichtenheldPreschool    Clarion/HarperCollins    48 pp.3/23    9780358447726    $19.99e-book ed.  9780358447900    $10.99In short, punchy sentences, many of them one or two words long, Ferry introduces readers to a persistent rainstorm: “Dreary. Weary. Dim. Grim. Drip. Drop. Nonstop.” Lichtenheld, alternating between full-bleed spreads and energetic vignettes...

Review of The Red Tin Box

The Red Tin Box by Matthew Burgess; illus. by Evan TurkPrimary    Chronicle    64 pp.4/23    9781452179735    $17.99On her eighth birthday, Maude buries a red tin box under a dogwood tree (only she knows what’s inside), making a promise to herself. Decades pass. Maude, now an older woman, remembers the box but...

Review of My Baba’s Garden

My Baba’s Garden by Jordan Scott; illus. by Sydney SmithPreschool    Porter/Holiday    32 pp.3/23    9780823450831    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455157    $11.99This tender story from the ­author-artist team behind I Talk like a River (rev. 11/20) pays tribute to Scott’s Polish grandmother, whom he visited daily as a child. An opening note explains that...

Review of Nell Plants a Tree

Nell Plants a Tree by Anne Wynter; illus. by Daniel MiyaresPreschool, Primary    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    40 pp.1/23    9780062865779    $17.99Wynter (Everybody in the Red Brick Building, rev. 11/21) presents a loving brown-skinned family through the generations in a story that explores, by providing glimpses into the past, how long it takes...

Review of Once upon a Book

Once upon a Book by Grace Lin and Kate Messner; illus. by Grace LinPreschool, Primary    Little, Brown    40 pp.2/23    9780316541077    $18.99Cold sleet is falling, and the protagonist of this home-and-back-again adventure tale, Alice, is stuck inside, bored. Then she spots a book on the floor and starts to read: “Once...

Review of Twenty Questions

Twenty Questions by Mac Barnett; illus. by Christian RobinsonPreschool    Candlewick    40 pp.3/23    9781536215137    $17.99This conversation-starting picture book presents a series of questions and invites children to supply the answers. The first spread asks viewers to count the number of animals pictured, with Robinson depicting a creature-filled tree and a bear...

Review of All by Myself

All by Myself by Stephanie Shaw; illus. by Emilie GillPreschool, Primary    Peachtree    32 pp.4/23    9781682634875    $18.99Because Hen is determined to do things herself (“I’m not a baby chick anymore!”), she declines invitations from Cow, Horse, and Pig to help her carry a bag of flour to her home, where she...

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