Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Legend of the Colombian Mermaid: A Revew

Janet Balleta’s charming story, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid, is based on a Colombian folk tale that Balleta learned from her mother when she was a young child. In the story, Judith and her little brother, Tomas, spend all day on Maundy Thursday with their...
Piccolina and the Easter Bells: A Review

Piccolina and the Easter Bells: A Review

When I’m reviewing a picture book, I usually start with the story. But for Piccolina and the Easter Bells, I want to start with the art. Piccolina and the Easter Bells is an old book, almost as old as I am. When it was first published, color printing was far more...
The Magic Babushka: A Review

The Magic Babushka: A Review

Phyllis Limbacha Tildes, author and illustrator of The Magic Babushka, knew something about butterflies that I didn’t know. She knew that, in Slavic culture, butterflies were once associated with witches. Perhaps it’s because of the way caterpillars change into...
Emma’s Easter: A Review

Emma’s Easter: A Review

When I wrote Catherine’s Pascha, I had not heard of Tekla’s Easter, which is long out of print. And of course, when I wrote Catherine’s Pascha, it would be many years before Lisa Bullard would write Emma’s Easter. (Although I wrote my story first, she published first....
Rosa by Nikki Giovanni: A Review

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni: A Review

If you’ve had a child in elementary school in the past ten years, you’ve probably seen Rosa by Nikki Giovanni. My kids are all older than that, so I hadn’t seen it. But it won Caldecott honors for its magnificent illustrations, and it was the winner of the Coretta...

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