Books by Barbara Juster Esbensen

SWING AROUND THE SUN by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: March 1, 2003

"Almost all of the short poems rhyme, but the varied and sophisticated rhyme schemes show the range of the poet's extraordinary talent. (biographical notes, publisher note) (Poetry. 4-8)"
This collection of seasonal poetry by the late Esbensen (The Night Rainbow, not reviewed, etc.) was previously published in the '60s in a slightly longer length with black and white illustrations. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT RAINBOW by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: March 1, 2000

"Picture book poetry."
Paying poetic tribute to the aurora borealis, Esbensen and Davie (Echoes for the Eye, 1996) invoke the legends with which northern peoples have wreathed it. Read full book review >
ECHOES FOR THE EYE by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: April 30, 1996

"A welcome collaboration. (Picture book/poetry. 8-12)"
This charming book, bearing the subtitle ``Poems to Celebrate Patterns in Nature,'' introduces many geometric patterns from the natural world and establishes an agreeable link between aesthetic enjoyment and natural history. Read full book review >
SWIFT AS THE WIND by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: March 1, 1996

"Especially appealing are the many close-ups of fuzzy cubs and the dramatic jacket painting of a cheetah at full gallop. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Another fine science title from the author of Tiger with Wings (1991), focusing on the cheetah, the swiftest animal on earth. Read full book review >
DANCE WITH ME by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A fine addition to poetry and picture book collections, this is simple enough for reading alone and strong enough for group sharing. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
A lovely collection of 15 poems, graced with iridescent pastel illustrations. Read full book review >
BABY WHALES DRINK MILK by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: Jan. 30, 1994

"An excellent addition to the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out series. (Nonfiction/picture book. 3-8)"
The title epitomizes Esbensen's creative presentation of an important concept: how whales differ from the fish they seem to resemble and share characteristics with other mammals. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Unusually attractive. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Another fine animal portrait from the team that produced Tiger with Wings (1991). Read full book review >
SPONGES ARE SKELETONS by Barbara Juster Esbensen
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"But even in such a simple presentation, young readers could be told more about the 5,000-plus species of unique and ancient animals that make up the phylum Porifera. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
A ``Let's-Read-and-Find-Out'' book that's cheerful and colorful, if a bit odd: Esbensen describes the sponge as the skeleton of an animal, but gives few specifics on the live animal; she remarks that ``When the sponge was alive, it pumped sea water through its thousands of small pores,'' but never explains how. Read full book review >
Released: April 30, 1992

"A useful springboard for young writers and poets. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Noting that ``the most ordinary things can suddenly seem new and unexpected,'' Esbensen evokes the surprise and wonder in everyday images and objects. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Unusually beautiful, finely detailed illustrations; handsome and informative. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
The team that collaborated on Great Northern Diver: The Loon (1990) returns with an even more detailed and better-balanced portrait. Read full book review >