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Review of Night in the City

Night in the City by Julie Downing; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/23    9780823452064    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455188    $11.99While a child gets ready for bed, a father gets ready for work—as do other night-shift workers in the city. Readers follow the dad (a nurse) and eight others: a taxi...

Review of The Tree and the River

The Tree and the River by Aaron Becker; illus. by the authorPrimary    Candlewick    32 pp.3/23    9781536223293    $18.99Becker explores many big ideas—­including war, humanity’s impact on the environment, and the resilience of nature over time—through a science-fiction lens. The wordless narrative focuses on an idyllic forested valley split by a river....

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 My Powerful Hair

My Powerful Hair by Carole Lindstrom; illus. by Steph LittlebirdPrimary    Abrams    48 pp.3/23    9781419759437    $18.99e-book ed.  9781647005740    $15.54“Our ancestors say / Our hair is our memories. / Our source of strength.” Lindstrom’s (author of Caldecott winner We Are Water Protectors, rev. 7/20, and an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain...

Review of The Hospital Book

The Hospital Book by Lisa Brown; illus. by the authorPrimary    Porter/Holiday    40 pp.3/23    9780823446650    $18.99e-book ed.  9780823455102    $11.99“When I went to the hospital, I cried nine times.” Brown returns to the family featured in her ingenious The Airport Book (rev. 5/16); here, the now-older little sister narrates. The book follows...

Review of We Are Here

We Are Here by Tami Charles; illus. by Bryan CollierPreschool, Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    40 pp.1/23    9781338752045    $18.99Charles says in her appended note that this book, its companion All Because You Matter (rev. 11/20), and a planned forthcoming title are intended to “affirm, celebrate, and confirm the power and greatness that lie...

Review of So Much Snow

So Much Snow by Hyunmin Park; illus. by the authorPreschool    Sourcebooks Jabberwocky    40 pp.11/22    9781728260044    $17.99A striking die-cut paper-over-board cover, vertical orientation (with spine at the top of the book), and adventurous use of white space are only some of the characteristics that make this South Korean import so thrilling....

Review of Afikomen

Afikomen by Tziporah Cohen; illus. by Yaara EshetPreschool, Primary    Groundwood    32 pp.3/23    9781773066066    $19.99e-book ed.  9781773066073    $16.99Cohen’s inventive picture book uses graphic-novel conventions and is ­wordless but for the front and back matter and Hebrew and Aramaic text incorporated into the illustrations. It opens with a definition: the afikomen is...

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...
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