Books by Alice B. McGinty

THE GIRL WHO NAMED PLUTO by Alice B. McGinty
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2019

"An inspiring and beautifully illustrated tale made all the better by its historical foundation. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
It's 1930, and an 11-year-old girl in Oxford, England, is about to make history. Read full book review >
PANCAKES TO PARATHAS by Alice B. McGinty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2019

"The concept's basically sound, and despite flaws, the book could be useful when combined with other resources. (map) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
A roundup of traditional breakfast foods from around the world. Read full book review >
RABBI BENJAMIN'S BUTTONS by Alice B. McGinty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Every reader, sentimental or not, can enjoy the many holiday recipes at the end of the book. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
This story will feel familiar to many readers, and some of them will find that oddly disconcerting. Read full book review >
GANDHI by Alice B. McGinty
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"This walk with Gandhi is time well-spent. (Picture book. 6-12)"
McGinty's gentle, poetic picture book, awash with sunrises, salt, sand and sensory images, tells an intense present-tense story of Mohandas Gandhi's 24-day march to the sea in 1930 in search of freedom and peaceful change for the people of India. Read full book review >
DARWIN by Alice B. McGinty
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 6, 2009

An accessible and thoroughly engaging biography of the much-profiled scientist, this easy-to-follow narrative is enriched by striking illustrations and excerpts from Darwin's own writings. McGinty lays out the major events in Darwin's life clearly and both enhances readers' understanding and piques their interest by choosing the accompanying quotations carefully. Her writing is smooth and conversational, and while she compresses a large amount of information into only a few pages, readers never feel rushed or confused. In addition to describing his famous voyage on the Beagle, the author focuses on Darwin's long struggle to reconcile his discoveries with religious teachings, giving readers a better understanding not only of what Darwin posited but also the impact it had on his world—and ours. Azarian's woodcuts, hand-tinted with watercolors, showcase the wonders Darwin saw on his voyage beautifully and also illuminate the everyday environment of home and family. Presenting the quotations in script on facsimile paper fragments to evoke the style of the time adds to the overall appeal. Exquisite and enlightening. (author's, source notes) (Biography. 7-10)Read full book review >
THANK YOU, WORLD by Alice B. McGinty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

On the title page of this marvelously conceived volume, Halperin suggests the pattern to follow, using different patterns or designs to reflect the eight featured countries: the United States, Mexico, Bolivia, France, Mali, Saudi Arabia, India and China. On the endpapers she puts eight globes, each with one country highlighted on its surface. On each spread, she offers eight boxed images reflecting for those locales the line of poetry given. The verse itself follows morning to bedtime simply and somewhat clumsily: "Thank you, sun, for waking up the morning and coloring the sky. / Thank you, sky, for shining blue that calls me to touch you, swinging high." Each line carries a noun from the previous line: The swing connects to grass, grass to breeze, breeze to trees, etc. What captures the heart and the attention are Halperin's wonderful pictures, made with crayons over pencil drawings in her signature luminous style. So children are flying kites from a Paris park to an Indian market and their windows at twilight look out from a Mali thatched dwelling to a Mexican stucco home. The dedication suggests how to say thank you in each language. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
ELIZA’S KINDERGARTEN SURPRISE by Alice B. McGinty
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

When Eliza begins her first day of kindergarten, her mother lovingly places a special kiss inside her pocket. However, much to her dismay, Eliza discovers that her pocket of kisses feels too empty and is soon awash in homesickness. As she goes through the routine of a typical kindergarten day, the intrepid little girl discovers mundane items that remind her of her mom. By midday, she has collected a pair of blue buttons discovered at circle time, a smooth pebble found at recess and a red napkin salvaged from snack. A touch of creativity at craft time results in a cleverly crafted keepsake for Eliza to assuage her longing for her mother. McGinty's compassionate tale gives anxious readers the inspiration to discover unique ways to handle their own separation anxieties. Speir's acrylic paintings rely on bright bold colors to capture the reader's attention. The simplicity of her illustrations allows readers to connect with Eliza's changing emotions. This encouraging tale emphasizes self-reliance as young readers anticipate their first separation from home. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
TEN LITTLE LAMBS by Alice B. McGinty
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

In her debut picture book, McGinty depicts a slumber party that takes a sleepless turn in a comical counting rhyme. "Good night, little lambs. / Go to sleep," says the mother to the children tucked in bed and counting sheep. The rumpus begins when she leaves: "Ten little lambs who won't go to sleep. / What will they do all night? / They'll tackle and tumble, and wrestle and rumble. / Ten little lambs all night." Rendered in soft pastel hues, Sweet's (The Sky's the Limit, p. 266, etc.) busy watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations depict the children (who have turned into lambs) laughing, bouncing, and swinging from the bedpost in a raucous pillow fight. Encouraging participation, McGinty's text remains essentially unchanged as the story counts down, except for the description of the lamb's activity. To wit, "Six little lambs who won't go to sleep. / What will they do all night? / They'll plow winding freeways through piles of pj's. / Six little lambs all night." Sweet adds an important element to the narrative by placing the additional sleeping lambs in circles across the bottom of the page. The formula presents many mathematical possibilities, including comparing the number of lambs asleep and awake and calculating different combinations that total 10. It all adds up to good fun. And as a bonus, little ones who've yet to experience the irony of the slumber party will get solid training in the stay-awake-at-all-costs ritual. (Picture book. 4-6)Read full book review >