A Moon for Seasons, by Ann Turner (1994)


Summary
A Moon for Seasons, by Ann Turner, shares the story of a porcupine caught in a winter night’s gale … the first green of spring at a pond’s edge … a summer pond speckled with frogs … a pine surprised by an owl in the darkness of fall: these are only some of the images Ann Turner illuminates with words as vivid as the changing seasons they describe. Winter, spring, summer, and fall are each vibrantly depicted in short poems, including an opening ode to the moon in each section. (Dustjacket flap)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ann Turner has written a number of books for young readers, including Dakota Dugout (An ALA Notable Book), Nettie’s Trip South, Katie’s Trunk, and Apple Valley Year, as well as a young adult novel Third Girl from the Left, and the middle grade novel Grasshopper Summer. She has also written Elfsong, Heron Street and Red Flower Goes West.  Ms. Turner lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children. She enjoys gardening, sailing and cooking.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Robert Noreika’s special interest is painting nature. This is his first book. He also illustrated Marsh Music by Marianne Berkes. He lives in Avon, Connecticut with his family.

PUBLISHED
Published in 1994 by Macmillian Publishing Company.

Advertisements

Elfabet: An ABC of Elves, by Jane Yolen (1989)


With exquisite illustrations and detailed floral borders, Elfabet is a book to be enjoyed again and again.

SUMMARY
This ingenious alphabet book features an assortment of elves from A to Z. Some elves are clever; some are mischievous; all are endearing. Look inside and see if you can find everything alphabetical from alligator to zipper. (Dustjacket flap)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jane Yolen is the award-winning author of more than 150 books, including Moon River and Other Tale, The Girl in the Golden Bower, All Those Secrets of the World (a Reading Rainbow selection), Bird of Time, and Letting Swift River Go. She lives with her family in Hatfield, MA.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Lauren Mills is the author and illustrator of many picture books, including The Rag Coat and Tatterhood and the Hobgoblins, which won the New England Book Design Award. She and her husband, Dennis Nolan, received the 1996 Golden Kite Award for Illustration for Fairy Wings. Lauren Mills lives in western MA.

PUBLISHED
Published in 1989 by Little, Brown and Company

Noble-Hearted Kate: A Celtic Tale, by Marianne Mayer, 1990

Noble-Hearted Kate: A Celtic Tale is inspired by old English, Welsh, and Scottish legends, and lavishly illustrated by artist Winslow Pels This book is a fresh and intriguing tale about the nature of loss, the power of love, and the remarkable girl whose noble heart rescued good from evil … and never faltered in its course.

SUMMARY
Tonight, while Kate and her beloved stepsister, Meghan, sleep, there is powerful magic afoot. For Kate’s mother, the queen, fearing that Meghan is far more beautiful than her own sweet daughter, has snuck down the castle corridor and into Meghan’s room to place a pouch of magic herbs beneath the sleeping girl’s pillow …

By morning’s light, Meghan is no longer the fairest princess. And Kate, brokenhearted by her stepsister’s plight, decides to lead Meghan on an extraordinary quest for the answer that will set things right.

Thus begins Noble-Hearted Kate, a tale both whimsical and poignant by Marianna Mayer that sweeps Kate and Meghan down a cool, dark river and into a forbidden forest, to a place where the veil between Faerie and man is drawn apart … and anything can happen. There, the girls encounter faeries terrible in their beauty and power, and creatures as wise and magical as any you’d meet in a tale by Lewis Carroll. And at the end of their journey, in a far-off Kingdom, Kate will risk her own mortal soul to save a handsome prince form enchantment. (Dustjacket flap)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Marianna Mayer’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast is a perennial bestseller and her original The Unicorn and the Lake is a six-time winner of Children’s Choice awards and an American Booksellers Pick of the List. She is also the author of The Sorcerer’s’s Apprentice and The Prince and the Princess. She live in Connecticut.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Winslow Pels has illustrated theater posters and books for adults, as well as books for young readers, including Spectacles and the Miss Baba series.

PUBLISHER
1990 by Bantam Skylark Books.

Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Matreshka, by Becky Hickox Ayres (1992)

In Matreshka a young girls little wooden doll saves her life when she is captured by Baba Yaga.

SUMMARY
When Kata receives Matreshka [a Russian nesting doll] as a gift in exchange for a good deed, she simply slips the little wooden doll into her apron pocket and continues on her errand. Who could guess that Matreshka is anything more than an ordinary toy? But no long after, a horrid winter storm strikes. Kata’s near-frozen feet take her to the door of a strange-looking house on chicken legs. An old woman with long, bony fingers lets her in, and Kata Quickly realizes that she is now the prisoner of Baba Yaga, a terrible witch. Luckily, Kata is not really alone. A tiny voice from her pocket cries, “Let me out,” and the ingenious magic of Matreshka begins to unfold. (Dust jacket flap)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Becky Hickox Ayres has written two other books for children: Victoria Flies High, a picture book illustrated by Robin Koontz, and Salt Lake City, a work of nonfiction. She lives in Oregon with her family.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Alexi Natchev has illustrated many books for children and adults in his native Bulgaria, including Tale of Urso Brunov: Little Father of All Bears. He is also a printmaking and has been a professor of drawing at the Academy of Arts in Sofia. He lives in Idaho with his family.

PUBLISHED
Published in 1992 by Doubleday Book for Young Readers .

Published in: on January 18, 2007 at 2:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Purim Goat, by Yuri Suhl (1980)

The Purim Goat

The Purim Goat is a warm and evocative story about European Jewish life at the turn of the century, brought vividly to life with Kaethe Zemach’s matching illustrations.

SUMMARY
Hoping to earn some money so his pet goat won’t be sold to pay a debt, a poor Jewish boy teaches the animal to dance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Author Yuri Suhl was born in Poland and came to the USA as a young boy. He is a bilingual writer and is the author of four volumes of poetry in Yiddish and two adult novels in English. His documentary anthology, They Fought Back: The Story of Jewish Resistance in Nazi Europe, has earned him a considerable reputation as a writer on the Holocaust. Mr. Suhl’s books for children include Simon Boom Gives a Wedding (a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award winner) and Uncle Misha’s Partisans (winner of the Schwartz Award of the Jewish Book Council as “an outstanding contribution to Jewish Juvenile literature”).  Other titles include The Man Who Made Everyone Late, Simon Boom Gets a Letter, The Merrymaker, among others.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
Illustrator Kaethe Zemach was born in Boston and moved to Europe when she was ten, living in Italy, Denmark and London before returning home. She is the co-author of The Princess and Froggie, and the author-illustrator of The Beautiful Rat.

PUBLISHED
Published in 1980 by Four Winds Press, NY.