Many publishers have been into books for
children for years now. And most of them do a real good
job. But when it comes to being close or near to the top
the heap we vote for Houghton Mifflin. Case in point are
four worthy ones outlined below.
"I Like You" by Sandol Stoddard Warburg,
illustrated by Jacqueline Chwast ($6.95) has all kinds
of themes devoted liking and loving of all sorts. This
tiny book is not mushy but magical.
In the same tiny and winning vein but
bi-lingual (English and Spanish) is "Las Buenas Noticias
De Conejita" ("Rabbit's Good News") por Ruth Lercher
Bornstein. Pegged at the very young, this winning book
is beautifully illustrated and all about the adventures
"Tough Chicks" by Cece Meng illustrated
by Melissa Suber ($16.00 and over-sized) is about a trio
of chicks who have independent streaks and do not
exactly confirm to the rules of barnyard behavior.
Filled with personality and brilliant pastel colors,
this is a love of a book.
Finally, there is "Erika - San" by Allen
Say ($17.00 and over-sized). The plot is simple - about
Erika who fell in love with Japan when she was a little
girl who went back as a teacher on a remote island. The
illustrations are captivating.
Taken as a quartette, all these books are
for getting and giving but especially for reading.