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Review of Polar Bear

Polar Bear by Candace Fleming ; illus. by Eric Rohmann Primary     Porter/Holiday    32 pp.    g11/22     978-0-8234-4916-3     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-8234-5435-8    $11.99 Showcasing another fascinating animal ( Giant Squid , rev. 9/16; Honeybee , rev. 3/20), and with their usual dynamism and immediacy, Fleming and ­Rohmann turn their attention...

Bad Books (and How I've Learned to Love Them)

Here’s a story: George the pig is polite, conscientious, and helpful. He’s almost perfect, really, except for one flaw that seems very piglike and not unusual at all: he eats too much. So when tempted by boxes of doughnuts his mother has baked for the “Pigtown Ladies’ Popcorn Festival and...

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

According to National Geographic, the average size of a worker honeybee is between 0.4 to 0.6 inches. And yet this little critter serves a mighty role in the food chain. Some humans may view bees as a pest, but we depend on honeybee pollination for many of the foods we...

Review of Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming; illus. by Eric Rohmann Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp. 2/20    978-0-8234-4285-0    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-8234-4304-8    $11.99 A worker bee breaks out of her honeycomb cell and begins a task-filled life in her colony. The “teeming, trembling flurry” of bees within the...

Table of Contents: March/April 2020 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art from Honeybee: The Busy LIfe of Apis Mellifera. Illustration © 2020 by Eric Rohmann.   Features We Need Diverse Jewish and Muslim Books by Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique Considering religion in conversations around diverse books. Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Make Good by Elissa Gershowitz From kids at school...

Preview March/April 2020 Horn Book Magazine

Cover art by Eric Rohmann from Honeybee, written by Candace Fleming.  Heidi Rabinowitz and Sadaf Siddique consider religion in conversations around diverse books, with a focus on Jewish and Muslim representation.  Middle-Grade Graphic Novels Make Good: Elissa Gershowitz on an ever-growing category that has something for everyone--now including a Newbery...

Giant Squid

Do you like creepy, shiver-inducing monster stories? If so, you've got to see Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann.Sometimes when we discuss an information book — yes, it's nonfiction — here, there are debates about whether it's really a picture book. Is there enough play between art...

Bone Dog

Knowing the mortality rate of dogs in books, it’s no surprise that turning the translucent cover of the title page reveals a “bone dog.” Using very thick black outlined panels and water colored relief prints, Rohmann tells a story of grief and canine loyalty on one Halloween night.The close connection between...

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