Books by Andrea Alban Gosline

Released: Sept. 1, 2008

A muddled celebration of trees falls victim to soggy sentiment. In two sets of rhyming couplets each, ten different trees are individually introduced to readers with a quality they are said to embody—an identification that seems entirely arbitrary. The language and sentiments of the verse will likely be beyond the understanding of Gosline's target audience (or, for that matter, most anyone). The paper birch: "I am the tree of honesty. / I surrender strong and true, / build a bridge from me to you, / revealing great integrity / in honor of a trusted tree. / I open." Backmatter includes the types of trees depicted and presents some facts about each. Also included is a list of the 50 states and their official trees. Bossi's gorgeous jewel-toned illustrations featuring anthropomorphized trees are sure to be pored over by young readers, who will be taken in by their fairy-forest quality. While there is no doubt that humanity can learn much from trees and their interactions with their environments, this gooey treatment does not come close to effectively conveying those lessons. (Picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

Gosline and Bossi's latest collaboration is an ideal gift for a newborn. Devoting one spread to each month of the year, Gosline outlines some of the personality traits associated with children born in that month, and uses similes to help children understand how those traits will affect the people around them. "May's child is merry, amusing, and free, / gathering love like a large family. / You are happy as spring in a meadow row, / bringing your light wherever you go." On facing pages, Bossi's jewel-tone illustrations capture those traits in animal form, along with a final couplet listing more traits. For April: "I am thoughtful. I stretch. I float. I create. / I am open. I hope. I honor. I wait." Much like astrology and the "Monday's child is fair of face" poem, this is not one-size-fits-all, but it could be a fun stepping stone to talking with children about their own personality, comparing what suits them and what does not. The gentle rhymes and luminous artwork reminiscent of Helen Ward will soothe even the most difficult of personalities, making this a good bedtime choice. (Picture book. 0-4)Read full book review >