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BOOKS FOR CHILDREN.

Fiction

Baker, Barbara

ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON. Il. by Kate Duke. ISBN 0-52545882-4. New York: Dutton, 1999. 48 pp. $13.99. Mama Bear decides to go for a walk without the rest of the family. Papa is left in charge and bakes bread with the four littlebears. After the bread making, each of the little bears finds something special to do. A sequel to One Saturday Morning, this easy reader invites emergent readers to join a family of bears on their afternoon adventures and fun. Children will delight in the antics of the little bears. Duke's simple watercolor illustrations add a childlike feel to the bear family's activities. Ages 5-7. Reviewed by Terre Sychterz, Kutztown University, PA

Cocca-Leffler, Maryann

MR. TANEN'S TIES. Il. by author. ISBN 0-80755301-8. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, 1999. Unp. $14.95. Elementary students enjoy Principal Tanen's unusual ties, which are designed with hot dogs, umbrellas, stars, and other interesting things. One day, Mr. Apple from the School Department tells Principal Tanen to wear only plain blue ties. With a little help from a student, however, Mr. Apple soon discovers the power of a good tie, and Mr. Tanen and the students can be happy again. Children will enjoy reading about how a child can solve problems and change things. Ages 5-8. Reviewed by Karen Meador, Independent Consultant, San Marcos, TX

Duncan, Alice Faye

MISS VIOLA AND UNCLE ED LEE. Il. by Catherine Stock. ISBN 0-689-80467-8. New York: Atheneum, 1999. Unp. $16.00. On Bradley's day to tell a story at school he describes his two neighbors, Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee. Although they are very different, they have become friends anyway. As Uncle Ed Lee says, "Just because folks are different, don't mean they can't be friends." This is a very important message to convey to children, and this book does it beautifully with a gentle story and colorful illustrations. Ages 4 up. Reviewed by Sue Grossman, Eastern Michigan University

Fernandes, Eugenie

A DIFFICULT DAY. Il. by author. ISBN 0-921103-17-4. Buffalo, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd., 1999. 32 pp. $14.95. It all begins at night when Melinda has a difficult time sleeping. The next day, when it is time for Melinda to go to school, everything else seems to go wrong--she is late for school, has problems during class, does not want to take a bath, and talks back to her mother. To escape from her problems, Melinda hides under her bed, pretending it is the other side of the world, where everything would be perfect. Melinda and her mother finally enjoy a perfect ending to a difficult day. Ages 4-7. Reviewed by Sandra Fisher, Kutztown University, PA

Goodall, Jane

DR. WHITE. Il. by Julie Litty. ISBN 0-7358-1063-X. New York: North-South Books, 1999. Unp. $15.95. Dr. White is a small, white dog that visits sick children in a London hospital. His quiet, loving presence seems to help young patients recover from serious illnesses. A health inspector with concerns about hygiene banishes Dr. White, but soon realizes that the dog's help is invaluable. Gentle watercolor illustrations make this book an appealing tale for young readers, who will enjoy the book's theme of compassion and caring. Ages 5 up.--S.G.

Hopkinson, Deborah

A BAND OF ANGELS. Il. by Raul Colon. ISBN 0-689-81062-8. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999. Unp. $16.00. Based on true events, this story tells of a freed slave's determination to receive an education. Ella Sheppard and the rest of the choral group at Fisk School must go on tour to earn money to save their school for freed slaves from closing. After several disappointing performances, the chorus enthralls their audience when Ella decides to sing songs from slavery days. Just as the audience is moved by the songs, readers will be moved by the message of this story. Ages 5-9. Reviewed by Kathryn Malay, Learning Support Teacher, Wolf Elementary School, Northampton, PA

Hughes, Shirley

THE LION AND THE UNICORN. Il. by author. ISBN 0-7894-2555-6. New York: DK Publishing, 1999. Unp. $17.95. Lenny, a child in World War II-era London, is sent to the countryside with many other city children to escape the dangers of war. He has a difficult time coping with the loneliness and isolation, and with the taunting by the other children. He manages to get through this difficult experience with the help of an understanding adult, and is eventually reunited with his mother. The author's illustrations evoke the terrors of wartime London, as well as the beauty of the peaceful English countryside. Ages 8 up.--S.G.

Lawrence, Michael

BABY LOVES. Il. by Adrian Reynolds. ISBN 0-7894-3410-5. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999. Unp. $9.95. This is a perfect combination for the youngest readers--big, bold print with big, bold, bright pictures on sturdy "toddler-proof" pages. The endearing baby, depicted in comical situations, "loves Mommy and Daddy more than anything in the world. Except ..." Each new page uncovers yet another person, thing, or event in the egocentric baby's life. So many changeable "loves!" In the end, however, baby discovers that Mommy and Daddy's love is always there for him. Ages birth-4. Reviewed by Susan A. Miller, Kutztown University, PA

McLaren, Clemence

DANCE FOR THE LAND. ISBN 0-689-82393-2. New York: Atheneum, 1999. 133 pp. $16.00. When Kate's family moves from California to Hawaii, she tries to fit in. Some of the children at school threaten Kate, however, because of her light coloring. While with her Native Hawaiian relatives, she struggles to learn Hawaiian Creole English. As Kate learns about her Hawaiian heritage, she comes to cherish it. This uplifting book includes information about Hawaiian language, culture, and history. It would encourage discussions about both racial prejudice and people of mixed ethnicity. Ages 9-12. Reviewed by Andrea Bartlett, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, HI

Murphy, Mary

CATERPILLAR'S WISH. Il. by author. ISBN0-7894-2593-9. New York: DK Publishing, 1999. Unp. $9.95. This beautifully illustrated story depicts the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into butterfly through a whimsical story that is both entrancing to toddlers and interesting to 5-year-olds. Even the youngest tots can follow the colorful adventures of Caterpillar and his friends Bee and Ladybug, and be introduced to natural science at the same time. Ages 1-5. Reviewed by Lois Piermatteri, retired preschool teacher, Lakewood, NJ

Myers, Walter Dean

THE JOURNAL OF SCOTT PENDLETON COLLINS: A World War II Soldier. ISBN 0-439-05013-8. New York: Scholastic, 1999. 140 pp. $10.95. On May 25, 1944, 17-year-old Scott Pendleton Collins made the first entry in his journal recording his experiences as his regiment prepared for D-Day and the liberation of France. Although a work of fiction, the journal depicts real events and emotions in a way that makes time, place, and people come alive. Documents such as Eisenhower's letter to the troops on the eve of D-Day, photographs, and maps add authenticity and historical context. Ages 10 up. Reviewed by Marcia F. Nash, University of Maine at Farmington

Neufeld, John

BOYS LIE. ISBN0-7894-2624-2. New York: DK Publishing, Inc., 1999. 165 pp. $16.95. Moving to a new place is difficult for anyone. It is especially difficult if you are in 8th grade, already have a woman's body, have been assaulted, have been abandoned by your father, and don't have much money. While this may sound like a depressing victim's story, it is really the story of courage and of a girl's journey to adulthood. This book will provoke discussions among young adolescent readers about the decisions that both boys and girls face as young adults. Ages 12-14. Reviewed by Terry Stahler, Kutztown University, PA

Polacco, Patricia

LUBA AND THE WREN. Il. by author. ISBN 0-399-23168-4. New York: Philomel Books, Unp. $16.99. Astounding and vibrant in both illustrations and text, Polacco retells the story of The Fisherman and His Wife using the character of Luba, an unselfish and deeply insightful Russian peasant child. When Luba helps a wren, the wren grants her wishes in return. Luba views her poor life as full of riches; however, her parents demand that she ask the wren for wealth and power. Children will quickly understand that riches are not as important as accepting the simple joys of everyday life. Ages 8 up. Reviewed by Maria M. Piscitelli, Learning Support Teacher, Ebenezer Elementary School, Lebanon, PA

Poydar, Nancy

FIRST DAY, HOORAY! Il by author. ISBN 0-8234-1437-X. New York: Holiday House, Inc., 1999. Unp. $13.95. The beginning of school is an exciting time for all concerned. Ivy Green is thrilled to be starting her first day of school. As the author describes Ivy's nervous preparations for school, she also vividly shows us the lives of the teachers, custodians, and the principal as they make their own preparations. Ages 4-8. Reviewed by Michelle Shropshire, Teacher, E. R. Dickson Elementary School, Mobile, AL

Ross, Alice & Kent Ross

JEZEBEL'S SECRET SPOT. Il. by Ted Rand. ISBN 0-525-45448-9. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1999. Unp. $15.99. Rich, full-color, dark illustrations take the reader into the life of a young African American girl whose father is going off to war. When Jezebel is faced with the terrifying fact that her father may never return, she challenges herself to take several frightful trips into the woods so that she will have to overcome fears, much like her father will have to do during the war. While facing her "googery-boogery, creeping-crawly catchy feelings," she confronts such scary things as gnarled, twisted two-fingered tree hands; the thick, sticky web of Mister Spider; wispy swamp ghosts; and soul-stealing pixie lights. Ages 4-8. Reviewed by Patricia Stansberry, Teacher, Community School, Sun Valley, ID

San Souci, Daniel

IN THE MOONLIGHT MIST: A Korean Tale. Il. by Eujin Kim Neilan. ISBN 1-56397-754-0. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 1999. 32 pp. $15.95. This retelling of a Korean folk tale concerns a caring young man who saves a deer from certain death. In gratitude, the deer grants him a wish. The only thing the man can wish for is a wife and family. The deer tells him that he will find a wife during the next full moon, but gives him very specific directions about what he must do until after the birth of his second child. Although the young man carefully tries to follow directions, he succumbs to his wife's wishes to the contrary and thereby loses his family temporarily. Incredible illustrations embellish the mood and tone of the tale. Ages 6-10. Reviewed by J. Robert Dornish, Emeritus, Kutztown University, PA

Skorpen, Liesel

WE WERE TIRED OF LIVING IN A HOUSE. Il. by Joe Cepeda. ISBN 0-399-23016-5. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1999. Unp. $15.99. This is a whimsical, delightful story of three children who decide they are tired of living in a house, so they try living in a tree, a pond, a cave, and at the seashore. In each place, however, something happens that makes them move to the next place--until they finally move back home. The illustrations are colorful and humorous complements to the story. Ages 4-6. Reviewed by Liane Ford, Chicago Public Schools

Sonenklar, Carol

MY OWN WORST ENEMY. ISBN 0-8234-1456-6. New York: Holiday House, 1999. 151 pp. $15.95. Eve Belkin has an attitude, a smart mouth, and a nonconformist mode of dress, none of which pleases her parents. Suddenly, Eve's father loses his job, throwing the family into turmoil. Eve's mom goes to work, the family moves, and Eve must change schools in the middle of the year. At her father's urging, Eve decides to turn over a new leaf. The lessons she learns both at home and at school make this book a good read for both adolescents and adults. Ages 12 up. Reviewed by Nancy Crews, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Stanley, Diane

RAISING SWEETNESS. Il. by G. Brian Karas. ISBN 0-399-23225-7. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1999. 15 pp. $15.99. Sweetness is one of seven orphans who is adopted by a sheriff with a Texas twang. Sweetness brings happiness to the whole family by learning how to read and write. Her newfound knowledge enables her to answer an important letter that heals a broken-hearted sheriff and completes their family. Raising Sweetness is a humorous and heartwarming story! Ages 5-8. Reviewed by Penny Boepple, Kindergarten Teacher, Ganado, TX

Tsubakiyama, Margaret

MEI-MEI LOVES THE MORNING. Il. by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu. ISBN 0-8075-5039-6. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman & Company, 1999. Unp. $15.95. In a snapshot approach, the author and illustrators realistically capture typical morning events in the lives of a delightful little girl and her caring grandpa in a modern city in China. Lovely, authentic watercolor-and-pencil pictures depict their activities, including a shared bicycle ride to the park to hang their songbird's cage on a tree. Here, with friends, they practice tai chi and drink warm tea in glass jars before making their way back home through scenes of busy street life. This wonderful visit to the Chinese culture allows readers to share a moment in a touching intergenerational relationship. Ages 4-7.--S.A.M.

Poetry

Berry, James

ISN'T MY NAME MAGICAL? Sister and Brother Poems. Il. by Shelly Hehenberger. ISBN 0-689-80013-4. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999. 32 pp. $16.00. Who are Drenna and Delroy? She is a dreamer, artist, thinker, and friend. He is a dancer, skateboarder, runner, and ballplayer. Together, they are a brother-sister team sharing the joys and challenges of what it means to be part of a family. These joyful poems are a celebration of everyday life and the relationships that make it rich. The bold, vibrant illustrations convey a warmth that will draw readers into this lovely text. Ages 6-10. Reviewed by Patricia A. Crawford, University of Central Florida, Orlando

Spinelli, Eileen

TEA PARTY TODAY: Poems To Sip and Savor. Il. by Karen Dugan. ISBN 1-56397-662-5. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong Boyds Mills, 1999. 32 pp. $15.95. Fall under the delightful spell of Eileen Spinelli's poems as she recalls her first flirtation with various tea herbs by conjuring rapturous aromas rising from antique teapots. This is a well-conceived and deliciously charming series of poems for children of all ages. The illustrations will convince readers to immediately prepare a fresh pot of tea. Ages 9-12. Reviewed by Harry Teitelbaum, Kutztown University, PA

Nonfiction

Adler, David A.

HOW TALL, HOW SHORT, HOW FAR AWAY. Il. by Nancy Tobin. ISBN 0-8234-1375-6. New York: Holiday House, 1999. 32 pp. $15.95. These vibrant, playful pages will entice young children to explore measurement concepts based on the methods first used in ancient Rome and Egypt. Once a standard of measure is explained, children are given directions for creating their own rulers in customary and metric units. The text provides questions on what would be the appropriate unit of measure for common household items. Ages 5-10. Reviewed by Elsa Geskus, Kutztown University, PA

Cole, JoAnna

THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS EXPLORES THE SENSES. Il. by Bruce Degen. ISBN 0-590-446-97-5. New York: Scholastic Press, 1999. 47 pp. $16.00. Children will delight in this clear and vibrant text about a trip through the five senses. They will travel through an eye, an ear, a tongue, and a dog's nose. With its detailed pictures and scientific language, this exciting book in the Magic School Bus series will be fun to read to a young child. Older children will enjoy sharing the book with a friend. Ages 5-10.--P.S.

Kolar, Bob

DO YOU WANT TO PLAY? A Book About Being Friends. Il. by author. ISBN 0-525-45938-3. New York: Dutton Children's Books, 1999. 32 pp. $16.99. Readers learn ways to be good friends through children's dialogues, a story, a game, jokes, and friendly tips. The busy pages showing "Friendship Park" are filled with cute collages made from scrap materials and line drawings. Throughout the book, a reader can search for the nine welcome mats and the word "hello" written in 14 languages. Ages 5-8. Reviewed by Sandra Fisher, Kutztown University, PA

Murdoch, David

TUTANKHAMUN: The Life and Death of a Pharaoh. Il. by Chris Forsey, Anne Yvonne Gilbert and Eric Thoms. ISBN 0-7894-342-02. New York: DK Publishing, 1998. 48 pp. $14.95. In 1922, Howard Carter and his archeological team made an amazing discovery--the tomb of the 18-year-old pharaoh, King Tutankhamun. The book details how the tomb was found, what treasures were found inside, and what the discovery revealed about the beliefs and customs of the ancient Egyptians. This is an excellent resource book for a unit on the pharaohs, or even one about archeologists. Ages 9-12. Reviewed by Irene Hatzistavrakis, English Teacher, Lesvos, Greece

Settel, Joanne

EXPLODING ANTS: Amazing Facts About How Animals Adapt. ISBN 0-689-81739-8. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999. 40 pp. $16.00. Don't be fooled by the title; this book isn't simply about ants. It contains interesting and unusual facts about all types of animal behavior. Explicit information on diverse topics reveals how frogs use their eyeballs to swallow, worms can live in a dog's nose, and caterpillars disguise themselves to resemble excrement. These "disgusting" habits divulge how animals find mates, food, shelter, and safety. Vibrant color photographs enhance the text. Ages 9-12. Reviewed by Emily Johnson, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA

Swain, Ruth Freeman

BEDTIME! Il. by Cat Bowman Smith. ISBN 0-8234-1444-2. New York: Holiday House, 1999. Unp. $15.95. Sleepy? Everyone needs a good night's rest. When we are tired, some of us wriggle into warm sleeping bags while others crawl onto cool ledges 20 feet below the desert floor. A bed is not just a piece of furniture; it is a special place for us to rejuvenate, which is designed to suit our special needs. Well-researched, witty illustrations detail bedtime facts from around the world. Ages 4-8. Reviewed by Jeanie Burnett, Kutztown University, PA

Myriad

Well, Rosemary

STREETS OF GOLD. Il. by Dan Andreasen. ISBN 0-8037-2149-8. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1999. 39 pp. $15.99. This is a moving picture book biography of the experience of Russian Jews immigrating to America. Russia was a dangerous place for Marsha and her family; they were subjected to the hatred and racist persecution of the czar and his police. Marsha longed for an education, forbidden for Jewish girls. In America, her whole world changes. She is able to attend school and almost immediately becomes a successful poet. Beautiful, warm illustrations provide a sensitive context for this interpretation of Mary Antin's memoir. Ages 5-8.--L.F.
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