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Raves for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Children's Book Review

All kinds of children’s books keep coming out – for all interests, ages, of all kinds of quality and appeal.

A batch of winners from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is now there for the buying, browsing, reading, reading to, and just having around for the little ones to enjoy.

“Martha Speaks Fireworks for All” adapted by Karen Barss ($12.99, ages 5-7, grade 2) is a little book with much appeal. It has simple words, rhymes and rhythms and familiar situations. Martha’s  family fed her alphabet soup and the letters went to her head and she could then talk, and could she!

“The Secret Box” by Barbara Lehman ($15.99) is all about a timeless trip to a world of secret messages left in secret boxes hidden away in secret places. Illustrated exceptionally well, this appealing tome has no words but speaks volumes.  MUST GET CHOICE.     

“No Sleep for the Sheep”  by Karen Beaumont with illustrations by Jackie Urbanovic ($16.99) is a magical pairing of author and illustrator for a book that any child (and adult for that matter) should savor. All the action takes place in the big red barn. JUST WONDERFUL.

“Loon Baby” by Molly Beth Griffin with illustrations by Anne Hunter ($16.99)  is a mystically marvelous piece of work focusing as it does on a baby loon and its mother in the great north woods. A well spun narrative fuses with superb art work. OUTSTANDING.

“Gossie” by Olivier Dunrea and “Everywhere Babies” by Susan Meyers with illustrations by Marla Frazee (both $6.95 are both bold board books. “Gossie” is focused on a small yellow gosling while “Everywhere Babies” is a celebration of all the fascinating things  done by babies.  KEEPERS.

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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.

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