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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 With Dad

With Dad by Richard Jackson; illus. by Brian FlocaPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.5/24    9780823444953    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455362    $11.99“In Michigan country on a two-rut road along a stream called the upper South Branch of the Au Sable River,” a young boy sits on his father’s lap in a red Jeep, two sets...

Review of Tiny Troubles: Nelli’s Purpose

Tiny Troubles: Nelli’s Purpose by Sophie Diao; illus. by the authorPrimary    Harper/HarperCollins    40 pp.4/24    9780063214460    $19.99Two succulent-looking sentient plants search for meaning in this philosophical picture book. Easygoing Worthi seems content with life, but Nelli is restless and wonders about finding one’s purpose: “I heard it gives you strength when...

Review of Desert Song

Desert Song by Laekan Zea Kemp; illus. by Beatriz Gutiérrez HernándezPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.6/24    9780823453924    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823459162    $11.99Spanish ed.  9780823457977    $18.99When the nocturnal animals that surround a family’s house in the desert come out, “they howl and buzz and hoot—a chorus in need of a band.” On the ample...

Review of My Book and Me

My Book and Me by Linda Sue Park; illus. by Chris RaschkaPreschool, Primary    Red Comet    32 pp.6/24    9781636550947    $18.99Park and Raschka capture with deep understanding and admirable simplicity children’s attachment to their favorite books. Each of Park’s unpretentious nonrhyming quatrains is accompanied by a portrait of a different child, in...

Review of Finding Things

Finding Things by Kevin Henkes; illus. by Laura DronzekPreschool    Greenwillow    32 pp.5/24    9780063245662    $19.99This adventure of discovery kicks off on the title-page spread with an adult and child walking a dog. The story’s second-person voice immediately engages readers: “If you found a little ball on the grass and it was...

Review of Cinnamon Bun, I Love You 1

Cinnamon Bun, I Love You 1 by Amy Schwartz; illus. by the authorPreschool    Beach Lane/Simon    32 pp.4/24    9781665913119    $18.99e-book ed.  9781665913126    $10.99Sharing a cinnamon bun, watering a flower, gazing at the starry sky: these small happy moments and more make up the fabric of everyday love between children and caregivers...

Review of Five Bears

Five Bears by Catherine Rayner; illus. by the authorPreschool    Boxer Books    32 pp.4/24    9781915801791    $18.99A black bear is “quietly walking along, just being a bear.” When Bear encounters a fuzzy brown bear, he is immediately wary, though the Other Bear is perfectly pleasant: “Just saying hello.” Bear, less prickly now,...

Review of The Dream Catcher

The Dream Catcher by Marcelo Verdad; illus. by the authorPrimary    Little, Brown    40 pp.5/24    9780316330664    $18.99Spanish ed.  9780316566513    $8.99Miguel and his abuelito wake early to work; the grandfather sells cold coconuts from a small, wheeled cart, and the boy sells dream catchers he makes, a craft that reminds him of...
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