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