A Trio of Winners:
"A Glove of Their Own," “Birdie’s Big-Girl Dress,” and “Chamelia”
Children’s Book Reviews
"A Glove of Their Own" by Debbie Moldovan, Keri Conkling and Lisa
Funari-Willever (Franklin Mason Press, $15.95, illustrated by Lauren
Lambiase) is a beautifully executed and careful conceived tome. Reading
it one is taken back to early days of playing the game - mine were on
the "mean streets" of Brooklyn, stickball, and I did not have a glove of
my own or a bat either. The book begins "In our town there's a park,
with an oak tree so tall. We meet there each day, so we can play ball.
The spot is home plate for our everyday game. Sticks are the bases; they
work just the same." And from that beginning, the reader is swept away .
. .HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
“Birdie’s Big-Girl Dress” by Sujean Rim (Little, Brown, $16.99) is a way
for readers of all persuasions and age to enjoy following their favorite
fashionista as Birdie searches for her perfect party dress to
celebrate her birthday in style. CHARMING.
“Chamelia” by Ethan Long (Little, Brown, $16.99) is all about the
world’s most lovable chameleon – Chamelia. Most chameleons seem to enjoy
blending in – Chamelia is just the opposite and this charming book shows
all the ways she “unblends” in. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
“Now if the Time for Running” by Michael Williams (Little, Brown,
$17.99, 228) geared to ages 12 and up is set in Zimbabwe where Deo and
his older brother, Innocent, see their village ravaged by soldiers.
South Africa beckons where the two find a new life. Deo joins a street
soccer team along with other teens who are displaced. Impressive story
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