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Shiloh

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

 

Genre: Novel

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 8 to 12 years

ISBN: 0689316143

Pages: 144

Pub. Date: 1991

Illustrator: Barry Moser

Publisher: Atheneum; Collier Macmillan Canada; Maxwell Macmillan International Publishing Group, Canada

 

This review is dedicated to my dog Barney (8/87-1/4/03).  Shiloh is a story about a boy from Appalachia and his devotion to the abused dog he finds.  It is a heart wrenching novel for dog lovers.

 

Bill Pickett, Rodeo Ridin' Cowboy

Andrea Davis Pinkney

 

Genre: Historical Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 5 to 9 years

ISBN: 015200100X

Pages: 32

Pub. Date: 1996

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Co., New York

 

A picture book about the first African-American rodeo star from the 1800s.  It discusses his career and devotion to family.  Scratchboard illustrations.

 

Dear Benjamin Banneker

Andrea Davis Pinkney

 

Genre: Historical Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 6 to 10 years

ISBN: 152004173

Pages: 32

Pub. Date: 1994

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Co., New York

 

This book is about the first African-American to publish an almanac in 1792.  It explains the struggle he went through to publish his almanac.  Pinkney's scratchboard drawings add life to the story.

 

The Ballad of Bell Dorcas

William H. Hooks

 

Genre: Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 7 to 10 years

ISBN: 3948464519

Pages: 48

Pub. Date: August 1990

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

 

Scratchboard illustrations give it a dark atmosphere.  A story about a teenage girl who falls in love with a slave. The man she loves is turned into wood to keep him nearby.

 

Where Does the Trail Lead?

Albert Burton

 

Genre: Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 5 to 8 years

ISBN: 671734091

Pages: 40

Pub. Date: 1991

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 

Scratchboard technique gives this book a peaceful look.  A young boy takes a walk across an island.  His journey leads him to the ocean. 

 

Sukey and the Mermaid

Robert D. San Souci

 

Genre: Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 5 to 8 years

ISBN: 27781410

Pages: 32

Pub. Date: 1992

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Four Winds Press

 

Scratchboard technique used for illustrations.  Sukey goes down to the sea and finds a mermaid.  Sukey reluctantly swims with her.

 

The Seasons and Someone

Virginia Kroll

 

Genre: Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 5 to 8 years

ISBN: 015271233X

Pages: 32

Pub. Date: 1994

Illustrator: Tatsuro Kiuchi

Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company, Singapore

 

The illustrations are done in oil on Crescent Illustration board no. 30.  An Eskimo girl describes the season changes in Alaska. Describes what rituals and events they go through from early Autumn to late summer.

 

The Singing Man:  Adapted From A West African Folktale

Angela Shelf Medearis

 

Genre: Picture Book:  West-African Folklore

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 5 to 8 years

ISBN: 823411036

Pages: 32

Pub. Date: 1994

Illustrator: Terea Shaffer

Publisher: Holiday House, New York

 

Illustrations done in oil with colored pencil borders.  A folktale about a young man named Banzar who is forced to leave his village after choosing to become a musician at his manhood ceremony.  Eventually he becomes a rich respected folk singer and discovers his village is near starvation and decides to share his wealth.

 

Rechenka's Eggs

Patricia Polacco

 

Genre: Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 5 to 8 years

ISBN: 399215018

Pages: 32

Pub. Date: 1988

Illustrator: Patricia Polacco

Publisher: Putnam Publishing. New York, New York

 

A story about Babushka who painted eggs in her dacha, house, until one day, she finds an injured goose named Rechenka. Babushka takes in the goose that breaks the eggs and lays her painted eggs, which win first prize in Moskva.

 

The Thirteenth Clue

Ann Jonas

 

Genre: Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 5 to 8 years

ISBN: 688097421

Pages: 32

Pub. Date: 1988

Illustrator: Ann Jonas

Publisher: Greenwillow Books. New York, New York

 

Watercolor and gouache paints used for full-color art. We join a girl as she searches for her birthday surprise. Can you find the clues leading to her surprise?

 

Feathers for Lunch

Lois Ehlert

 

Genre: Picture Book

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 5 to 8 years

ISBN: 0152305505

Pages: 40

Pub. Date: September 1990

Illustrator: Lois Ehlert

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego

 

Illustrations have a cut-and-paste look.  This book takes you on a backyard journey with a cat.  Readers learn about twelve common North American birds.

 

Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings Of Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein

 

Genre: Humorous Poetry

Format: Hardcover

Age Range: 9 to 11 years

ISBN: 60256672

Pages: 166

Pub. Date: December 1973

Illustrator: Shel Silverstein

Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

 

Simple pencil drawn illustrations.  A hilarious collection of short and long poetry.  Many include a child's perspective.

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