Books by Barbara Cooney

ELEANOR by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An author's note supplies other relevant information. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
"From the beginning the baby was a disappointment to her mother," Cooney (The Story of Christmas, 1995, etc.) begins in this biography of Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF CHRISTMAS by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"Institutions concerned about the religious content of their materials will be comfortable with this presentation; Christian readers may find it somewhat blunt. (Picture book. 6-9)"
This revision of Cooney's Christmas (1967) is aimed at a religiously diverse audience. Read full book review >
THE REMARKABLE CHRISTMAS OF THE COBBLER'S SONS by Ruth Sawyer
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Unremarkable. (Folklore/Picture book. 3-8)"
This traditional Tyrolean folktale, which was retold by Newbery Medal-winner Sawyer in 1941, is being rereleased with new pictures by award-winning artist Cooney (Hattie and the Wild Waves, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
ONLY OPAL by Opal Whiteley
Released: March 23, 1994

"A touching, fascinating portrait. (Autobiography/Picture book. 4+)"
Born about 1900, Opal Whiteley was five when she was sent to live with an Oregon loggers' family after her parents "went to Heaven." Read full book review >
EMILY by Michael Bedard
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An evocative glimpse of a formal society that will seem quite foreign to most children today, and of a mysterious, oddly independent woman who fascinated her own contemporaries as much as she does ours. (Picture book. 5+)"
A Canadian novelist (Redwork, 1990) pays tribute to Amherst's great poet. Read full book review >
LETTING SWIFT RIVER GO by Jane Yolen
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A lovely book about reconciling necessary change with the enduring value of what is lost. (Picture book. 4+)"
The bittersweet story of Quabbin Reservoir, made by flooding a valley—and several towns—in central Massachusetts between 1927 and 1946. Read full book review >
ROXABOXEN by Alice McLerran
Released: April 22, 1991

"Many books memorialize imaginative play in the hope of inspiring a new generation, but rarely with so much creative and evocative power. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author recalls a rocky Arizona hilltop where her mother and the neighborhood friends of her childhood fashioned a town from old crates, rocks, and an endless supply of imagination. Read full book review >
ISLAND BOY by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 1, 1988

"Outstanding."
One man's life, from the time his farmer father brings his family to settle on an island in Maine till the end of his long, productive life, when he leaves his daughter and grandson—who are also content to live on the island. Read full book review >
MISS RUMPHIUS by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 11, 1982

"It's a lovely notion, in short, if not much (or too much) of a story."
You might almost believe that Barbara Cooney had a Great-Aunt Alice Rumphius who did just as we read here—else why go to the trouble of spinning out a yarn, composed of transparent storybook motifs (an elderly grandfather who carves ships' figureheads; travels to exotic places; a solitary cottage by the sea), just to arrive at an old lady who strews lupine seeds about? Read full book review >
A GARLAND OF GAMES AND OTHER DIVERSIONS by Barbara Cooney
Released: May 29, 1969

"And one of the most artfully designed—a succession of sturdy paintings that somehow float on the page."
An alphabet of southern colonial pastimes that you'll run your fingers over first (the flecks of oil paint are that palpable), grin at (such cheerful, airy scenes) then examine for the sly detail. Read full book review >
CHRISTMAS by Barbara Cooney
Released: Oct. 16, 1967

"Without approaching irreverence, this is an informed, sensible presentation and a supplement to the many legendary recreations."
After recounting the Nativity as it appears in the Gospels, Miss Cooney introduces the observance of the event thus: "Long before the birth of Jesus there were midwinter festivals," signal that this is to be a historical and not a doctrinaire Christmas. Read full book review >
CHANTICLEER AND THE FOX by Geoffrey Chaucer
Released: Sept. 15, 1958

"A story which needs no defense, handled here with respect and facility."
Adapted from the Chaucer, this is the fable of the vain but wise Cock and the crafty fox. Read full book review >
CAPTAIN POTTLE'S HOUSE by Barbara Cooney
Released: Sept. 23, 1943

"In retrospect there's not much originality in the story, but that doesn't matter much as you read."
Mystery, thinly veiled and guessable, but a factor in selling a book which is fun reading in its salty sense of the coast of Maine setting. Read full book review >

"A disarming portrait that makes clear that wealth is incidental to a happy, creative life."
A story that, like Cooney's Miss Rumphuis (1982) and Island Boy (1988), presents the life of an idiosyncratic character in the context of a historical setting. Read full book review >