Synopses & Reviews
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do somethingand#151;and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans. . . .
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one womanand#8217;s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Includes an authorand#8217;s note.
This book was printed on 100% recycled paper with 50% postconsumer waste.
"This makes an ideal addition to women's history units."
"This makes an ideal addition to women's history units."
"A must for school and public libraries and those who love them."
"[An] easygoing picture-book biography."
"A concise, breezy chronology. Atwell's folk-art style acrylics capture a sense of history in the making, as well as the book's themes of excitement and change."
"Atwell's cheery, doll-like figures and joyful colors are a good match for the woman who insisted that children's library space should be vibrant and stimulating."
and#8212;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Inspiring."and#8212;The New York Times Book Review
"A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed."--Publishers Weekly
"A warm period look at a cold subject - snow - and one self-made scientist, Wilson A. Bentley, affectionately know as Snowflake. . . . The book exhibits a beautiful blend of Azarian's splendid woodcuts, a lyrical text, and factual sidebars. Bentley's dedication to his research is clearly evident, and the ridicule to which he was sometimes subjected is appropriately downplayed for a young audience. The illustrations, tinted with watercolors, depict the people, homes, meadows, and woods of turn-of-the-century Vermont countryside in accurate detail. Sources for the factual material are credited, and a final page features photographs of Bentley at work and three of his actual snowflake slides." Horn Book
"Wilson Bentley was fascinated by snow, in childhood and adulthood, and, practically speaking, is the one who 'discovered' snow crystals, by photographing them in all their variation. As a youngster, he was so taken with these little six-sided ice crystals that his parents scraped together their savings to buy him a camera with a microscope. From then on, despite his neighbors' amusement, he took hundreds of portraits of snowflakes. As an adult, he gave slide shows of his work, and when he was 66, a book was published of his photos - a book that is still in use today. Martin chronicles Bentley's life and his obsession in a main, poetic text, but provides additional facts in careful, snowflake-strewn sidebars. . . . This is a lyrical biographical tribute to a farmer, whose love of snow and careful camera work expanded both natural science and photography." Kirkus Reviews
"This picture-book biography beautifully captures the essence of the life and passion of Wilson A. Bentely. . . . The story of this man's life is written with graceful simplicity. . . . An inspiring selection." School Library Journal
This winsomely imagined account of an episode when Audubon was 18 years old joins the flocks of commemorative works. Sweet's illustrations soar.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Davies related her story with immediacy, evoking Audobon's keen curiosity and the lure of the outdoors as she describes his gradual discovery of some important facts about bird migrations.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
This handsome book makes a beguiling introduction to the painter.
Sweet's relaxed watercolor style and skillful incorporation of collage, plus a lively narration that illuminates Audobon's passion for observation and sets his pivotal insight into context, make this appealing vignette a fine introduction to his work.
"Captures the highlights of Ederle's life in evocative images and telling details."--The New York Times Book Review
andquot;The tightly focused text moves quickly without sacrificing impact . . . Winterandrsquo;s images appear in framed, same-size squares on each page, creating a flat, frieze-like effect that pays off as Wangariandrsquo;s movement grows and the activities within each frame multiplyandmdash;a powerful demonstration of Wangariandrsquo;s work.andquot;andmdash;Publishers Weekly
, starred review
andquot;This delightful picture-book biography of the environmentalist has engaging illustrations and accessible, succinct prose. . . . This book would be a superb choice for read-alouds or assignments.andquot;andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;The compact story does offer a way into one of our less-limned Nobel Prize winners, and with adults to fill the gaps in, this could be an appealing introcduction.andquot;andmdash;The Bulletin
andquot;The ethics and outcome of the tale are not forced on the reader. Rather, it is told very gentlyandmdash;like any good storyandmdash;and is brightly illustrated.andrdquo;andmdash;The Georgia Straight
andquot;Award-winning writer and illustrator Jeanette Winter's clear text and bold paintings (right) make it easy to imagine the story of Maathai and the women of the Green Belt Movement she started.andquot;andmdash;American Scientist
andquot; . . . beautifully illustrated and simply written for young children.andquot;--Sacramento Bee
andquot;Jeanette Winter's singular illustrative style is recognizable by the organic patterns and lively pastel hues . . . Scenes of crouching women planting tiny saplings . . . and, later, images of lush, bird-filled forests . . . celebrate [Maathai's] powerful vision.andquot;andmdash;Audubon
Smithsonian Magazine, Best Books of the Year 2008
"Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner whose Green Belt Movement has planted 30 million trees in Kenya, is the subject of Winterand#8217;s (The Librarian of Basra) eloquent picture biography. . . . Winterand#8217;s images appear in framed, same-size squares on each page, creating a flat, frieze-like effect that pays off as Wangariand#8217;s movement grows and the activities within each frame multiplyand#8212;a powerful demonstration of Wangariand#8217;s work."andnbsp; --Publishers Weekly, starred review (8/11/08)
"This delightful picture-book biography of the environmentalist has engaging illustrations and accessible, succinct prose. . . . This book would be a superb choice for read-alouds or assignments."--School Library Journal,
starred review (11/08)
"This highly atmospheric Halloween story manages to work in a lesson about how to win friends and influence people (or warthogs)." and#151;Booklist Booklist, ALA
"Van Allsburgand#8217;s foray into nonfiction is filled with the same suspense, surrealism, and menace that have thrilled readers of his fiction."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"In this unromantic and bittersweet account, Van Allsburg presents the feat as born as much out of need as of courage, with Taylor portrayed as a hardheaded eccentric and an unlikely queen."and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A daredevil story is an easy sell for almost any kid audience, and a daredevil story by a beloved storyteller is just about as good as it gets."and#8212;The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review "An odd, unsettling meditation on fame."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"This illustrated biography climaxes beautifully with a double-page spread of the great falls, a tiny barrel bobbing in the current, and a powerful one-line text: '"Oh, Lord," she whispered, and then she was gone.'"and#8212;The Horn Book
"Atwell's folkloric illustrations are colorful and energetic." Kirkus Reviews
"A fine addition to holiday collections and for those looking for immigrant stories." --School Library Journal
School Library Journal
"The richly atmospheric folk-art paintings of the barn and its changing world are never less than compelling. As the barn says of its most recent incarnation, 'It is some lovely.' " Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
"In the beginning there was the river" begins this purposeful, yet effective story of changes over time. The next spread shows the first person, a native American, to visit the river. Then more people arrive to fish and to trade. Soon colonists arrive, fight off the inhabitants, chop down trees, and build a town. Next steamboats, automobiles, and factories appear. Fish no longer live in the polluted waters. But people see their mistake, tear down factories, replant trees, and eventually life returns to the river. Illustrated with a series of folk-art paintings, this book makes its statement simply and clearly in words and pictures that even young children can understand. The less-detailed scenes are particularly haunting in their evocation of place. A good companion book for Atwell's Barn (1996), which dealt with changes in another American locale over two centuries.
"In a series of folk-art paintings, Atwell (Barn, 1996) charts an American river's decline from unspoiled to trash-strewn, then its recovery due to the efforts of concerned people. Although readers may be thrown by the brief text's vagueness (They changed the warehouses. They tore down some of the factories. They planted trees. They wanted to share'), the message comes through clearly in the striking riverine scenes, as bright skies and blue waters change to lowering clouds and gray dinginess, then back to idealized views of grassy approaches and families at play." Kirkus Reviews
A picture book biography about librarian Anne Carroll Moore who, as the New Yorker said, "more or less invented the children's library."
Libraries were not always open to the public and free as they are today. The very idea of a childrens library didnt exist until the late 19th century. It was Anne Carroll Moore who helped transform the library from a place where children were routinely turned away to a place with a room of their own—a joyfully decorated room with chairs their size, art by childrens book illustrators, and windows with low seats. Most important of all, Anne Carroll Moore fought for childrens borrowing privileges and filled her library shelves with hundreds and hundreds of the best childrens books in many different languages.
Vibrantly illustrated with Debby Atwell's American folk art, this inspiring story invites children into the world of the first Children's room in the New York Public Library and introduces them to one of America's most accomplished and influential women.
Once upon a time, American children couldnand#8217;t borrow library books. Reading wasnand#8217;t all that important for children, many thought. Luckily Miss Anne Carroll Moore thought otherwise! This is the true story of how Miss Moore created the first childrenand#8217;s room at the New York Public Library, a bright, warm room filled with artwork, window seats, and most important of all, borrowing privileges to the worldand#8217;s best childrenand#8217;s books in many different languages.
This is the dramatic and inspiring true story of runner Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio and eventually went on to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.
Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run. And she did run--all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad. This dramatic and inspiring true story is illustrated in bold watercolor and acrylic paintings by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz.
"Of all the forms of water the tiny six-pointed crystals of ice called snow are incomparably the most beautiful and varied." -- Wilson Bentley (1865-1931)
From the time he was a small boy in Vermont, Wilson Bentley saw snowflakes as small miracles. And he determined that one day his camera would capture for others the wonder of the tiny crystal. Bentley's enthusiasm for photographing snowflakes was often misunderstood in his time, but his patience and determination revealed two important truths: no two snowflakes are alike; and each one is startlingly beautiful. His story is gracefully told and brought to life in lovely woodcuts, giving children insight into a soul who had not only a scientist's vision and perseverance but a clear passion for the wonders of nature. Snowflake Bentley won the 1999 Caldecott Medal.
Trudy Ederle loved to swim. And she was determined to be the best. At seventeen Trudy won three medals at the 1924 Olympics, in Paris. By the time she turned nineteen, Trudy had set twenty-nine U.S. and world records. But what she planned to do next had never been done--by a woman. She would tackle the most difficult swim of all time: the twenty-one miles of cold, choppy water that separate England from France. Trudy's historic fourteen-hour swim across the English Channel set a world record. She defied those who said it couldn't be done. And with her courage and endurance, Trudy Ederle became a symbol for women everywhere.
and#8226;By the award-winning team that created Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man
and#8226;Includes a historical author's note
and#8226;Features one of the most celebrated female athletes of the century
John James Audubon was a boy who loved the out-of-doors more than the in. He was a boy who believed in studying birds in nature, not just from books. And, in the fall of 1804, he was a boy determined to learn if the small birds nesting near his Pennsylvania home really would return the following spring.
This book reveals how the youthful Audubon pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds. Capturing the early passion of Americaand#8217;s greatest painter of birds, this story will leave young readers listening intently for the call of birds large and small near their own homes.
One woman's gritty determination to succeed
Trudy Ederle loved to swim, and she was determined to be the best. At seventeen Trudy won three medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. But what she planned to do next had never been done by a woman: She would swim across the English Channel in fourteen hours and set a world record.
A picture book based on the true story of Wangari Maathai, an environmental and political activist in Kenya and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004
It's Haloween, and Tegan, the witch's daughter, can't wait to Trick or Treat. First she must hurry home to help with her mother's special Haloween spell. But when she gets there, she discovers a sleeping wathog is blocking her gate! Too afraid to go near the nasty, tusked beast, Tegan tries to cast a few spells, but neither the dog, nor the stick, nor the magic match wil obey her bossy commands. What's a little witch to do? Just as she begins to worry that she'll never make it home in time for Trick or Treat, an old man comes walking down the road. Seeing her distress, the old man offers a suggestion: If spells won't work, maybe Tegan should try the magic of persuasion?
With direct language and colorful paintings, Debby Atwell relates the changes that occur through the centuries along a riverbank, from the arrival of the first humans to the coming of the first settlers, from the industrial revolution to the present day.
She could remember standing in a park near the falls, hypnotized by the sight and sound, and holding her fatherand#8217;s hand as they took a walk that would lead them closer.
Thatand#8217;s what everyone wonders when they see Niagara . . . How close will their courage let them get to it?
At the turn of the nineteenth century, a retired sixty-two-year-old charm school instructor named Annie Edson Taylor, seeking fame and fortune, decided to do something that no one in the world had ever done beforeand#8212;she would go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel.
Come meet the Queen of the Falls and witness with your own eyes her daring ride!
For two centuries, a New England barn watches history unfold. The elegant oil paintings and lyrical text capture the beauty of a barn faithfully keeping vigil generation after generation.
When Ed and Annand#8217;s turkey dinner burns, they think their Thanksgiving is ruined. But what appears to be a disaster becomes a blessing in disguise when Ed and Ann unknowingly intrude on an immigrant familyand#8217;s own Thanksgiving celebration at their new restaurant, The New World Cafand#233;. Once Grandmother silences her despairing family and invites the unexpected customers to join them, they all share an evening of friendship, good food, and lots of dancingand#151;reminding everyone that Thanksgiving is about opening oneand#8217;s heart in welcome to the strangers who become friends and the disappointments that bring unexpected joys.
This beautifully illustrated story reminds everyone that Thanksgiving is about opening oneand#8217;s heart in welcome to the strangers who become friends and the disappointments that bring unexpected joys.
Pearl is the story of a little girl who recounts her familys ups and downs, each moment defined by a historical landmark, from the inauguration of George Washington through the hardship of the Civil War to the Wright brothers first flight to the Great Depression and eventually a walk on the moon. Evocative paintings beautifully capture the essence of the United States.
Over 10 billion doughnuts are baked each year in the U.S. alone, but whatand#39;s the hole
story behind one of Americaand#39;s most beloved pastries?
From the coast of 19th century Maine to a schooner on the high seas manned by hungry sailors, Pat Miller takes readers on a rollicking adventure that explores the simple and surprisingly logical origin story of the iconic doughnut.
About the Author
andnbsp;is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians,
and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez,
illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny)
and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country),
both co-written with Paul Br
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belprand#233;andnbsp;Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.