Spring has sprung and along with it has
come a myriad of marvelous books aimed at children.
Beautiful ones, classics, curios, creative gems, board
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
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.