Books by Ann Barrow

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE GOOD-BYE by Sharon Wones Tomp
Released: April 1, 2005

Parents looking for ways to reassure children about extended separations will appreciate a serviceable portrayal of a difficult situation. The unnamed narrator explains that her daddy, who serves in the navy, will soon be leaving for "six months, half a year, way too many days." She expresses her unhappiness by running away (but not too far), attempting to hide herself in her father's duffle bag and by hiding her father's boots. In response, her father points out ways that they can feel close to each other—by sending letters (symbolized by the red flag on the mailbox) and by remembering that the white clouds above and blue sea below are shared by both despite the distance. This red, white and blue connection is clearly contrived but surprisingly successful. Barrow's watercolor-and-color pencil illustrations, while occasionally awkward in the depiction of people, help to bring the purposeful plot to life, picturing a loving, close-knit family, an attractive seaside setting and including appealing details such as a beloved stuffed animal. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
VISIT FROM DR. KATZ, A by Ann Barrow
Released: May 30, 1988

From the eminent SF author, a simple but deftly told tale about a pair of cats who comfort a little girl, Marianne, when she's in bed with the flu. "Do I have to?" asks Marianne, when Mother says she must stay in bed. Yes, but Mother sends Dr. Katz, "on eight white paws"—not one, but two cats. Philip snuggles in Fight away; Lorenzo, "The Bean," explores a bit before jumping the others in the big bed where they all fall asleep. Barrow pictures a pretty lively child who happens to be uncharacteristically heavy-eyed, in a cozy, comfortable bedroom. Slight, but charming. Read full book review >