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Review of Emile and the Field

Emile and the Field by Kevin Young; illus. by Chioma EbinamaPreschool    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-9848-5042-3    $17.99Library ed.  978-1-9848-5043-0    $20.99e-book ed.  978-1-9848-5044-7    $10.99Young Emile, his dog at his side, frequents a field that is “wide and blue” and filled with flowers, bumblebees, and his favorite maple tree....

Review of Snow Angel, Sand Angel

Snow Angel, Sand Angel by Lois-Ann Yamanaka; illus. by Ashley LukashevskyPrimary    Make Me a World/Random    40 pp.    g1/22    978-0-593-12737-7    $17.99Library ed.  978-0-593-12738-4    $20.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-12739-1    $10.99Claire, who lives with her family in Hawai’i, yearns to experience snow. Her family visits Mauna Kea, but the snow there isn’t the kind she’s...

Review of Eggs from Red Hen Farm: Farm to Table with Mazes and Maps

Eggs from Red Hen Farm: Farm to Table with Mazes and Maps by Monica Wellington; illus. by the authorPreschool, Primary    Holiday    40 pp.    g3/22    978-0-8234-4782-4    $18.99How do eggs get from “farm to table”? From the very outset of this cleverly presented and organized book, readers are invited to find out:...

Review of Abdul’s Story

Abdul’s Story by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow; illus. by Tiffany RosePrimary    Salaam/Simon    40 pp.    g3/22    978-1-5344-6298-4    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-6299-1    $10.99Gregarious Abdul loves to tell stories to his classmates—as long as he does not have to write them down. Letters are confusing, and figuring out how to spell words is frustrating. Not to...

Review of Nour’s Secret Library

Nour’s Secret Library by Wafa’ Tarnowska; illus. by Vali MintziPrimary, Intermediate    Barefoot    32 pp.    g3/22    978-1-64686-291-7    $17.99Paper ed.  978-1-64686-292-4    $9.99Nour and her cousin Amir are busy making plans for a secret society (with code word and handshake, natch) when war erupts in their neighborhood. It’s the early days of the...

Review of Anzu the Great Kaiju

Anzu the Great Kaiju by Benson Shum; illus. by the authorPrimary    Roaring Brook    40 pp.    g1/22    978-1-250-77612-9    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-250-86822-0    $10.99Anzu is a Godzilla-like kaiju from a fearsome family of lightning-summoning, mountain-tossing monsters. Being a kaiju, Anzu wants to make his family proud, but there is a problem: his superpower...

Review of With Lots of Love

With Lots of Love by Jenny Torres Sanchez; illus. by André CeolinPrimary    Viking    32 pp.    g2/22    978-0-593-20500-6    $17.99Spanish ed.  978-0-593-20503-7    $17.99After moving to a “new home” in the southeastern United States, Rocio finds herself missing her “other home” in Central America, where she’d lived with her grandmother, aunt, and cousins....

Review of Big Dog, Little Dog

Big Dog, Little Dog by Sally Rippin; illus. by Lucinda GiffordPreschool, Primary    Kane Miller    32 pp.    g3/22    978-1-68464-383-7    $12.99Big Dog is perfectly happy before Little Dog comes along. It’s just him and his human friend—yelling “Walkies!” while hanging onto the leash as Big Dog hurtles along; “Come!” as off-leash Big...

Review of Mardi Gras Almost Didn’t Come This Year

Mardi Gras Almost Didn’t Come This Year by Kathy Z. Price; illus. by Carl Joe WilliamsPrimary    Atheneum    48 pp.    g2/22    978-1-5344-4425-6    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-4426-3    $10.99This moving picture book transports readers to New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina lands in August 2005. “Days before the storm / there was a burning-up sun.”...
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