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“Kubla Khan” and “Flora’s Very Windy Day”

The Children's Book Review

More and more wonderful books for children keep coming out – beguiling, imaginative, carefully produced, works for the readers out there who read to children and the children who just savor the times of being read to. Two cases in point are  “Kubla Khan” and “Flora’s Very Windy Day.”

Written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Robert Byrd,   “Kubla Khan” (Viking/Penguin Group, $17.99, geared to ages 8-12/grades 3-7) is a highly appealing picture-book bio about the legend Marco Polo traveled  over five thousand miles to meet. Great story, superb illustrations. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

“Flora’s Very Windy Day” by award winners writer Jeanne Birdsall, and illustrator Matt Phelan (Clarion Books, HMH, $16.00,) is filled with motion, tumbling figures in mostly brown to orange to rust colors. The writing and the images are a treat. “Flora’s Very Windy Day” is a little book that will provide big pleasure for all who read it or have it read to them.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU

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