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Wonderful Reading for all Kinds of Tastes and for Children of All Ages

The Children's Book Review

“The Cat Who Wouldn’t Come Inside” written and illustrated by Cynthia von Buhler (Houghton Mifflin, $16.00, 40 pages) is geared to ages 2-5. Appealing and movingly done, the work is based on a true story about a stray cat  the author/illustrator befriended while living in Boston.

Other worthies from Houghton Mifflin include: “Banjo Granny” ($16.00) by Sarah Martin Busse and Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Barry Root. This lovely and lively book celebrates the meeting of grandbabies and grandmothers. There is also “Pug in a Truck” by Nancy Coffelt ($12.95) – all about the traveling truck adventures of Pug and his friend.

Backlist wonders from the Houghton Mifflin list include “Gossie” and “Gossie and Gertie” by Olivier Dunrea, both $6.95.

Gossie and Gertie are both bright and small and yellow goslings who are so very appealing in all the things they do.   Sublime books. 

Viking Children’s Books and Dial Books for Young Readers boast two terrific sports books. “Campy: The Story of Roy Campanella” ($15.99, 40 pages) by David A. Adler with illustrations by Gordon C. James is for ages 6 and up and is the inspirational story of the former catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers.   The Dial book is “Champions on the Bench” by Carole Boston Weatherford ($16.99, 32 pages) for ages 5 and up. This historical fiction sports picture book is about the Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars.

From Firefly Books comes “Tales from Parc la Fontaine” by Roslyn Schwartz ($7.95) – a wondrously written and illustrated work about a leafy oasis in the city and the life underneath. From the same publishers two other winning titles are “Imagine You’re A Ballerina!” by Lucy Leotard and Magot Fountainpen ($8.95) and the “Bare Naked Book” (20th anniversary edition, $5.95) by Kathy Stinson with art by Heather Collins. Both book are simply so satisfying for all kinds of readers and those who have to read to them. This trio of Firefly Books cries out to be bought for some little boy and/or girl.  

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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
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