Books by Amy Littlesugar

CLOWN CHILD by Amy Littlesugar
Released: June 1, 2006

"Properly old-fashioned and slightly exaggerated figures fill the blue, red and gold Midwestern prairie landscape amid scenes of times gone by. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An odd tale of a little girl who longs to run away from the circus. Read full book review >
WILLY AND MAX by Amy Littlesugar
Released: March 1, 2006

"An author's note discusses efforts to restore artwork stolen by the Nazis to their rightful owners. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In WWII Antwerp, Christian Willy and Jewish Max become inseparable after Max's father purchases a painting in the shop owned by Willy's father, and they vow to be "friends forever." Read full book review >
LISETTE’S ANGEL by Amy Littlesugar
Released: May 1, 2001

"A new way to bring a bit of WWII history to the youngest of children. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The author of the fine Shake Rag (1998), which made a picture book from the early life of Elvis Presley, takes some memories belonging to her paratrooper father-in-law, among others, and crafts a tale of D-Day for young people. Read full book review >
FREEDOM SCHOOL, YES! by Amy Littlesugar
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Includes author's note and bibliography. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The team that created Tree of Hope (1999) returns to present a story of the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. Read full book review >
TREE OF HOPE by Amy Littlesugar
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Cooper's lavish oil-wash, full-page paintings pay mute tribute to the loss of luster and its regeneration in Harlem, in scenes in which the footlights cast a glow, and in which the faces tell a story that hardly needs words. (bibliography) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Through Florrie's eyes readers experience the despair and hopelessness of talented actors who were forced to leave the stage to find other work when the Lafayette Theatre closed its doors; the golden days of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s have disappeared into the Great Depression of the 1930s, and Florrie's father, once an actor, toils at the Allnight Bakery. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1998

"Ideally, this book might be paired with a work such as Ann Keay Beneduce's A Weekend with Winslow Homer (1993) to give readers a better sense of Homer's life, times, and work than is provided in the excellent but very brief endnote. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Littlesugar continues her series of picture books about artists (A Portrait of Spotted Deer's Grandfather, p. 1308, etc.) with this retelling of an incident that happened when Homer was mid-career. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Without this information, the book is something of a whitewash- -Catlin as the white hero who answers for the devastation brought upon Native American life. (Picture book. 7-11)"
Littlesugar (Marie in Fourth Position, 1996, etc.) explains in a foreword how George Catlin's 19th-century paintings were innovative for recording Native American lives before the invasion of white culture, but not that his work was a forerunner to a new stereotype: the noble savage. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"An unusual, thoughtful look behind the scenes in both the performing and visual arts, this is a comely story that will be useful in curricula. (Picture book. 6+)"
The question of how it might have felt to pose for the famous Monsieur Degas is considered in Littlesugar's story. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Like Josiah, readers will be intrigued by the artist's method for creation of her illusions. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A compelling tale about the passing of artistic vision from generation to generation. Read full book review >