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Shiloh

 

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

 

 

Review dedicated to Barney (8/87-1/4/03)

Genre: Novel

ISBN:

Pub. Date: 1991

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

 

Shiloh is a story about a boy from Appalachia and his devotion to the abused dog he found.  Heart wrenching novel for dog lovers.  8 to 12 years.

 

 

Bill Pickett, Rodeo Ridin' Cowboy

 

Andrea Davis Pinkney

 

 

Genre: Historical Picture Book

ISBN:

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.  5 to 9 years

Dear Benjamin Banneker

 

Andrea Davis Pinkney

 

 

Genre: Historical Picture Book

ISBN:

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.  6 to 10 years.

 

The Ballad of Bell Dorcas

 

William H. Hooks

 

 

Genre: Picture Book

ISBN:

Pub. Date: 1990

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher:

 

Scratchboard illustrations give it a dark look.  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

ISBN:

Pub. Date: 1991

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

 

Scratchboard technique gives it a peaceful look.  A young boy takes a walk across an island.  His journey leads him to the ocean. 5 to 8 years.

Sukey and the Mermaid

 

Robert D. San Souci

 

 

Genre: Picture Book

ISBN:

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.  5 to 8 years.

The Seasons and Someone

 

Virginia Kroll

 

 

Genre: Picture Book

ISBN:

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.  5 to 8 years.

The Singing Man: Adapted From A West African Folktale

 

Angela Shelf Medearis

 

 

Genre: Picture Book:  West-African Folklore

ISBN:

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. 5 to 8 years.

Rechenka's Eggs

 

Patricia Polacco

 

 

Genre: Picture Book

ISBN:

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.  5 to 8 years.

The Thirteenth Clue

 

Ann Jonas

 

 

Genre: Picture Book

ISBN:

Pub. Date: 1988

Illustrator: Ann Jonas

Publisher: Greenwillow Books. New York, New York

 

Water color 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? 5 to 11 years.

Feathers for Lunch

 

Lois Ehlert

 

 

Genre: Picture Book

ISBN:

Pub. Date: 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. 5 to 8 years.

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

 

Shel Silverstein

 

 

Genre: Humorous Poetry

ISBN:

Pub. Date: 1974

Illustrator: Shel Silverstein

Publisher: Harper and Row, New York

 


Simple pencil drawn illustrations.  A hilarious collection of short and long poetry.  Many include a child's perspective. 9 to 11 years.

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