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Springtime Children's Books A Great Batch

The Children's Book Review

Spring has sprung and along with it has come a myriad of marvelous books aimed at children. Beautiful ones, classics, curios, creative gems, board books.
From Little Brown comes "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown ($16.99). It about a boy named Liam who helps a garden grow and grow from small beginnings into a wonderland of beauty all over the city. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
"Fanny" by Holly Hobbie is a gem of a book (Little Brown, $16.99, with a make your own paper doll). It is all about a little girl and the wonderful doll she created. Simply written and beautifully illustrated, this is a special book.
One of the all time classics "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen & Robert Ingpen (Penguin, 16.99) has been loved and read for over a hundred years. It is as moving and appealing today as it was when it was first published maybe moreso because of this special new edition.
"Earthly Treasure" by Kate Petty and Jennie Maizels     (The Random House Group, $19.99) is an expensively priced children's book but one well worth the price having so much to offer. There is not only the carefully crafted story of how everything comes from under the ground but also the super illustrative art replete with a fascinating pop-up.      
Jan Brett's "On Noah's Ark" (Putnam, $7.99) is a beautiful and narrative driven board book about the classic tale. Sturdily produced, it feels great in your hands or in the hands of a child.
"The I Love You Book" by Todd Parr (Little Brown, $9.99) is another masterfully entertaining work by the author of more than 30 books for children. Bold and brilliant illustrations jump off each page.
And finally there is "Duck's Not Afraid of the Dark" by Ethan Long (LB Kids, $10.99) that features a battery powered light switch.
Long has done a terrific job with this tome from the style through the story and especially with the almost cartoonish illustrations.

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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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