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Review of The Sky Is Not the Limit

The Sky Is Not the Limit by Jérémie Decalf; illus. and trans. from French by the authorPrimary    Eerdmans    64 pp.3/23    9780802856029    $18.99This lyrical picture book is a paean to the vastness of space and the human drive to explore. The Voyager 2 spacecraft, launched in 1977 and still traveling through...

Review of Henry, like Always

Henry, like Always by Jenn Bailey; illus. by Mika SongPrimary    Chronicle    48 pp.3/23    9781797213897    $14.99Henry, a boy on the autism spectrum (first introduced in the 2019 picture book A Friend for Henry, rev. 5/19), likes everything about school. Life in Classroom Ten is entirely predictable. Mrs. Tanaka posts the schedule...

Review of Evergreen

Evergreen by Matthew Cordell; illus. by the authorPrimary    Feiwel    48 pp.2/23    9781250317179    $18.99Young squirrel Evergreen is afraid of just about everything. When Mama asks her to deliver soup to Granny Oak, Evergreen sets off through the woods with trepidation. Her journey is full of unexpected incidents: she extricates a rabbit...

Review of Just like Grandma

Just like Grandma by Kim Rogers; illus. by Julie FlettPrimary    Heartdrum/HarperCollins    32 pp.1/23    9780063049246    $17.99Becca emulates her grandmother by learning to bead, painting a sunrise, and dancing at the powwow. Her grandmother joyfully shares skills, cultural traditions, and affection; in a refreshing twist, Grandma also learns from her granddaughter as...

Review of Yellow Butterfly: A Story from Ukraine

Yellow Butterfly: A Story from Ukraine by Oleksandr Shatokhin; illus. by the authorPrimary    Red Comet    72 pp.1/23    9781636550640    $21.99A Ukrainian author-illustrator shares a powerful wordless story about a child’s ability to process emotion and find courage amid the devastation of war. Blacks and grays dominate the somber early pages. A...

Review of Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend

Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend by Janet Costa Bates ; illus. by Gladys Jose Primary     Candlewick    128 pp.         g10/22     978-1-5362-1630-1     $16.99 Eight-year-old Rica (short for Frederica) Baptista desperately wants a pet. When she overhears a conversation that leads her to believe...

Review of Billy & Rose: Forever Friends

Billy & Rose: Forever Friends by Amy Hest ; illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton Primary     Candlewick    48 pp.         g10/22      978-1-5362-1419-2     $16.99 Billy, a goat, and Rose, a pig, are friends who live on neighboring farms. In four short stories, the two work their way through...

Review of Boney

Boney by Cary Fagan ; illus. by Dasha Tolstikova Preschool       G     roundwood    32 pp.       g10/22     978-1-77306-548-9     $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-77306-550-2    $16.99 While hiking, Annabelle and her father discover a bone. “‘A bone from an animal?’ Annabelle asked.” At home they give the bone a...

Review of Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls

Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls by Atinuke; illus. by Onyinye Iwu Primary, Intermediate     Candlewick    96 pp.    g 9/22     978-1-5362-2517-4     $15.99 Tola, in spite of her young age and diminutive stature, accomplishes big things in this sequel to Too Small Tola (rev. 3/21). In...

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