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Review of The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants

The Wonderful Wisdom of Ants by Philip Bunting; illus. by the authorPrimary    Crown    32 pp.3/24    9780593567784    $17.99Library ed.  9780593567791    $20.99e-book ed.  9780593567807    $10.99This overview of ants combines cleverly designed graphics and a funny text to convey major concepts about the familiar insects. Expressive-eyed ants march across the pages, first in...

Review of Monti and Leo: A Newcomer in Pocketville

Monti and Leo: A Newcomer in Pocketville by Sylvie Kantorovitz; illus. by the authorPrimary    Walker US/Candlewick    80 pp.4/24    9781536222777    $16.99Monti the mole has a morning routine: go the bakery, stop at the library, and then rest on his favorite rock beside the river. One day, his routine is interrupted when...

Review of Ten Little Rabbits

Ten Little Rabbits by Maurice Sendak; illus. by the authorPreschool    Harper/HarperCollins    32 pp.2/24    9780062644671    $19.99The jacket copy of this very simple, essentially wordless counting story calls its young protagonist Mino, but the M emblazoned on his stage podium could just as well stand for Max or Mickey or Maurice, as...

Review of One Day This Tree Will Fall

One Day This Tree Will Fall by Leslie Barnard Booth; illus. by Stephanie Fizer ColemanPreschool, Primary    McElderry    40 pp.3/24    9781534496965    $18.99e-book ed.  9781534496972    $10.99“LOOK AT IT. Wounded, worn, twisted, torn. / One day this tree will fall / and this story will end. / Won’t it?” So begins this Pacific...

Review of Rising from the Ashes: Los Angeles, 1992. Edward Jae Song Lee, Latasha Harlins, Rodney King, and a City on Fire

Rising from the Ashes: Los Angeles, 1992. Edward Jae Song Lee, Latasha Harlins, Rodney King, and a City on Fire by Paula Yoo High School    Norton    368 pp. 5/24    9781324030904    $19.99 Yoo (From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry, rev. 5/21) provides a comprehensive, kaleidoscopic account of what happened before,...
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Review of Sometimes I Feel like an Oak

Sometimes I Feel like an Oak by Danielle Daniel; illus. by Jackie TraversePrimary    Groundwood    32 pp.4/24    9781773066981    $19.99e-book ed.  9781773066998    $16.99Daniel’s (Sometimes I Feel like a Fox; Sometimes I Feel like a River) latest offering invites readers to commune with trees. Short first-person verses assign attributes to twelve different trees...
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Review of Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time: A One-Man Show

Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time: A One-Man Show by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Eric VelasquezIntermediate    Candlewick    48 pp.4/24    9781536212976    $18.99e-book ed.  9781536234602    $18.99Weatherford provides an unflinching look at the life of Robeson (1898–1976), activist, scholar, singer, actor, and athlete. Through a series of resonant first-person, free-verse poems,...
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Review of Made in Asian America: A History for Young People

Made in Asian America: A History for Young People by Erika Lee and Christina SoontornvatMiddle School, High School    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    320 pp.4/24    9780063242937    $19.99e-book ed.  9780063242951    $10.99Adapting Lee’s 2015 adult title (The Making of Asian America) for a younger audience—and beginning with a context-setting introduction about the lack of education...

Review of A Crown of Stories: The Life and Language of Beloved Writer Toni Morrison

A Crown of Stories: The Life and Language of Beloved Writer Toni Morrison by Carole Boston Weatherford; illus. by Khalif Tahir ThompsonPrimary, Intermediate    Quill Tree/HarperCollins    48 pp.4/24    9780062911032    $19.99In an expressive second-person text addressed to her subject, Weatherford celebrates the life and legacy of the esteemed novelist, professor, and Nobel...
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