Books by Alice Provensen

KLONDIKE GOLD by Alice Provensen
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"This commemoration not only opens a window on a historical era, it provides some sharp insight into, as the author puts it, the enduring 'get-rich-quick American myth.' (source list) (Fictionalized nonfiction. 8-10)"
Provensen shortens and fictionalizes the account of a participant in that turn-of-the-last-century gold rush, and readers will come away with not only an appreciation for the hardships those prospectors faced—and the massive quantities of gear and supplies required just to reach the remote Yukon, not to mention survive its rigors—but a clear feeling for the wild optimism that fueled the whole enterprise. Read full book review >
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MURPHY by Alice Provensen
Released: May 1, 2003

"There is so little story that readers who do not share the author's evident enthusiasm for dog psychology may well be unimpressed; dog lovers, however, should lap this up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Not a whole lot happens in Murphy's day beyond scavenging for food, a trip to the vet, and a flurry of late-night barking, but that's not really the point. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The elegant precision of both prose and painting will speak to young readers, bringing home complicated lessons about freedom, choice, and preparedness. (Folktale. 7-10)"
There's an audacious quality to Caldecott Honor-winning Provensen's (A Visit to William Blake's Inn, 1981) work, never more so than here, where she yokes together two Chinese stories, and uses Chinese painting as the inspiration for her oil on vellum images. Read full book review >
MY FELLOW AMERICANS by Alice Provensen
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Back matter includes Provensen's observations and reflections on her choices for inclusion and an index of names. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
A love song to America inspired by its people, with names familiar and less known. Read full book review >
PUNCH IN NEW YORK by Alice Provensen
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

Arriving in New York with his traditional puppets, Professore Tucci-Piccini is robbed of the suitcase containing Punch. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 1981

"It's a question of sensibility."
Unquestionably a labor of love, this is set in an inn presided over by William Blake. Read full book review >
THE GOLDEN SERPENT by Walter Dean Myers
Released: Oct. 13, 1980

"However kids construe this, it has only Pundabi's wise stratagem to commend it: the telling has no lift, the pictures have a cliched, picturesque likeness to India but no conviction."
If it's appropriate for a story about a kvetch "to have a Yiddish flavor" (see Chapman, above), it may be appropriate for a story of ineffable wisdom to be set in India; the problem is that it has no flavor. Read full book review >